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Friday, April 25, 2003

One Soldier's Plea  
"Jarhead" -- which refers to the Marine Corps haircut -- is Swofford's unflinching memoir of his experience as a 20-year-old Marine scout and sniper in the Persian Gulf War. Through vivid writing and gritty detail, he offers a powerful antidote to the gloating triumphalism that has saturated our culture since America's quick military victory in Iraq.
by Ruth Rosen