Jarhead

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Jarhead

Jarhead

A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

  • Author: Anthony Swofford
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780743254281
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 272
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Anthony Swofford's Jarhead is the first Gulf War memoir by a frontline infantry marine, and it is a searing, unforgettable narrative. When the marines -- or "jarheads," as they call themselves -- were sent in 1990 to Saudi Arabia to fight the Iraqis, Swofford was there, with a hundred-pound pack on his shoulders and a sniper's rifle in his hands. It was one misery upon another. He lived in sand for six months, his girlfriend back home betrayed him for a scrawny hotel clerk, he was punished by boredom and fear, he considered suicide, he pulled a gun on one of his fellow marines, and he was shot at by both Iraqis and Americans. At the end of the war, Swofford hiked for miles through a landscape of incinerated Iraqi soldiers and later was nearly killed in a booby-trapped Iraqi bunker. Swofford weaves this experience of war with vivid accounts of boot camp (which included physical abuse by his drill instructor), reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family. As engagement with the Iraqis draws closer, he is forced to consider what it is to be an American, a soldier, a son of a soldier, and a man. Unlike the real-time print and television coverage of the Gulf War, which was highly scripted by the Pentagon, Swofford's account subverts the conventional wisdom that U.S. military interventions are now merely surgical insertions of superior forces that result in few American casualties. Jarhead insists we remember the Americans who are in fact wounded or killed, the fields of smoking enemy corpses left behind, and the continuing difficulty that American soldiers have reentering civilian life. A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for inner peace, Jarhead will elbow for room on that short shelf of American war classics that includes Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and be admired not only for the raw beauty of its prose but also for the depth of its pained heart.

Jarhead Jerry

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Jarhead Jerry

Jarhead Jerry

Memoirs of a Career Us Marine in Times of War and Peace

  • Author: Gerald F Schuldt
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 151441967X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 470
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Jarhead Jerry describes the life of a boy who chose to become a United States Marine. All the emotion and pain, joys and achievements gives meaning to his life and relates to something common in all of us. From puppy love to combat and then the inequities he had to endure. At the end, the consequences of his actions that are without escape. Jarhead Jerry is a gripping life story of Gerald Schuldt, who above all considered himself a United States Marine.

Women in Anthony Swofford ́s Jarhead: a Marine ́s Chronicle of the Gulf War and other Battles

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Women in Anthony Swofford ́s Jarhead: a Marine ́s Chronicle of the Gulf War and other Battles

Women in Anthony Swofford ́s Jarhead: a Marine ́s Chronicle of the Gulf War and other Battles

  • Author: Lisa-Andrea Glatz
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 363846458X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 10
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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1, University of Regensburg, course: Proseminar, 1 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: These are the two types into which women can be classificated in the eyes of a Marine. This attitude towards women might be disguisting in the eyes of the reader of Anthony Swofford ́s war novel Jarhead: a Marine ́s chronicle of the Gulf War and other battles (2003) but it seems as if it is normal in the United States Marine Corps, (US MC), to which the author belonged during the first Gulf War. Having grown up in Tachikawa, Japan and having served a ordinary High-School education it is interesting to find out, where this attitude came from and if it already existed in the mind of the author.

A Jarhead's Journey

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A Jarhead's Journey

A Jarhead's Journey

  • Author: Jim Lowe
  • Publisher: America Star Books
  • ISBN: 9781630841720
  • Category: History
  • Page: 368
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A Jarhead's Journey takes the reader through Marine Corps officers' boot camp in Quantico, Virginia, the Fleet Marine Force where a young lieutenant led the first platoon off the USS Guadalcanal during the Panama riots of 1964, the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, and back to Quantico as an instructor before returning to civilian life. An epilogue chapter relates the treatment of Vietnam veterans after honorably discharged from military service and frustrations experienced in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs today. The source documents and photographs used were discovered when a plastic container stored in their attic for four decades was retrieved for Sandy, his bride of five decades. In there was a shoebox containing every letter 1st Lt. Jim Lowe had written to his young bride during his tour as an advisor in Vietnam, in the original envelopes, carefully arranged and sequentially numbered in the exact chronological order received.

Body Surfing

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Body Surfing

Body Surfing

A Novel

  • Author: Dale Peck
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781416576327
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 432
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From one of America's most acclaimed writers, a startling and visionary novel about a race of demons who inhabit humans and wreak havoc on the lives of two small-town boys. In a small town in upstate New York, best friends Q. and Jasper live typical high school lives filled with parties and girls. When Q. starts acting recklessly, defacing lockers and misusing Bunsen burners, Jasper thinks his buddy is just letting off steam. But when his actions put both of their lives in danger, it's clear that Q. is possessed by something far more sinister than mere teenage high spirits. Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Khartoum, Ileana Magdalen is tracking an elusive man who has left a trail of blood and bodies behind him, bringing strife, war, and genocide wherever he goes. It is Ileana's mission to stop him, for she is a member of an elite group of hunters initiated into a mystery that plagues humanity and drives men and women to commit unspeakable crimes. When Ileana, Q., and Jasper are brought together, the loyalties of friendship are tested in unimaginable ways, and the living, the dead, and those who are beyond death become entangled in a violent battle as old as mankind itself. In Body Surfing, celebrated author Dale Peck presents a beautifully written page-turner of a literary thriller. It is a mesmerizing tale in which a complete parallel universe is filled with shockingly dark corners where the secrets of human nature wait to be discovered.

1 Mile to You

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1 Mile to You

1 Mile to You

A Novel

  • Author: Jeremy Jackson
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN: 1250162696
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 360
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"Refreshing...Reminds us that whether we run, play football, sing or write, we need to find the joy in what we do."—Chicago Sun-Times In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he can no more remain apart from himself than he can from the ground beneath his feet.

Life at These Speeds

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Life at These Speeds

Life at These Speeds

A Novel

  • Author: Jeremy Jackson
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1466835370
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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"Refreshing...Reminds us that whether we run, play football, sing or write, we need to find the joy in what we do."—Chicago Sun-Times In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he can no more remain apart from himself than he can from the ground beneath his feet.

The Use of Ideology in Films. "Jarhead" as an example

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The Use of Ideology in Films. "Jarhead" as an example

The Use of Ideology in Films.

  • Author: Raphaelle Sylver-Francis
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3668457530
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 24
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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject Social Studies (General), grade: N/A, The University of Surrey, course: BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, language: English, abstract: This thesis involves an examination of the use of Ideology in Film, specifically the war film "Jarhead". In addressing this subject I use the works of three prominent sociologists, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Antonio Gramsci, as reference points for the study. The starting point is establishment of a definition of ideology which, overall, satisfies the views of these writers. Having followed Marx’s and Engels’ sketch of the historical evolution of the concept of ideology, I consider sociological perspectives on film, violence and war, giving reference to the film Jarhead. An analysis is then made with regards to four ideological themes identified in the film, considering the effectiveness of the messages being conveyed. This dissertation uses the qualitative research method, being based on previously available information.