New York : Collins ; c2009.
321 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI's tour of duty. Smithson avoids writing either prowar propaganda or an antimilitary polemic, providing instead a fascinating, often humorous-and occasionally devastating-account of the motivations and life of a contemporary soldier.
Red phase: Stuck in the fence -- Reception -- Basic training part I -- Maybe a ring? -- EQ platoon -- GI Joe Schmo -- Cold lightning -- Eight-Hour delay -- Town that Achmed built -- Taste of death -- White phase: Basic training part II -- Relief -- War miracles -- Taste of home -- Satan's clothes dryer -- Hard canvas -- Bazoona cat -- Tears -- Blue phase: Basic training part III -- Best day so far -- Irony -- End -- Silence and Silhouettes -- Words on paper -- Innocent -- Ghosts of war -- Glossary -- Acknowledgments.
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