Generation Kill (2004) is a book written by Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright chronicling his experience as an embedded reporter with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. His account of life with the Marines was originally published as a three-part series in Rolling Stone in the fall of 2003. "The Killer Elite", the first of these articles, went on to win a National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting in 2004.The assignmentWright spent two months with the battalion, having persuaded a commander that he could cope with such an assignment.The Marines of First Reconnaissance were initially hostile and suspicious, but soon warmed to him and treated him as one of their own. He gained their respect through his (apparent) fearlessness in the face of combat. Often riding in the lead vehicle, a lightly armored Humvee, Wright was in real danger for much of the time.Wright encounters members of the battalion from all ranks, but the "main players" can be narrowed down to just six from Bravo Company: Sergeant Brad Colbert, Lance Corporal Harold James Trombley, Sergeant Rudy Reyes, First Lieutenant Nathaniel Fick, Sergeant Antonio Espera, and Corporal Josh Ray Person.Consequences for Wright and the MarinesSgt. Espera was forced to leave the battalion, SSgt. Eric Kocher was disciplined and one Marine's promotion from corporal to sergeant was canceled as a direct result of the publication of the original articles. The Marines' outspoken criticism of their superiors was deemed unacceptable.Wright attended the Marines' homecoming at Camp Pendleton, California on October 6th, 2003. He has described being attacked by a group of Marines who twisted his arms behind his back, put him in handcuffs and threatened him because they felt that the articles insulted them and their officers.Despite initial doubts, Marine commanders later encouraged the officers of 1st Reconnaissance to read the book and the articles to get an insight into the reality of war.Nathaniel 'Nate' Fick went on to write his own book, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (2006).
Vejo demasiados clichés, mas - que a serem verdade - mostram que aquilo é uma tropa fandanga.
Uma tecla, no entanto, está partida de se lhe bater. Todos dizem que após matarem soldados inimigos, nada sentem. Parece-me ser um ponto forte na argumentação literária da série. Muito jogo de computador e dessensibilização da nossa sociedade à violência?