Author(s): Anthony Swofford
When the Marines were sent to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm, Anthony Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. This is his scorching memoir of life on and off the battlefield. The movie based on the book was premiered in New York and is already being tipped for Oscar glory. American critics are hailing it as "one of the greatest of all wartime films." The director Sam Mendes said he was "enthralled by the book's mixture of machismo, comedy, surrealism and wry observation...It was a war book like no other, about a war like no other, that might possibly be a war movie like no other." First published 2003.