Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

MEN AT WAR.(Final)

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

Marine writes a raw account of the first U.S.-Iraqi conflict

"Jarhead" by Anthony Swofford

Scribner, $24, 260 pp.

Death lurked everywhere, but Marine Cpl. Anthony Swofford killed no one. He fell under fire from both enemies and friendlies, got close to suicide, nearly killed himself in a booby trap, wetted himself, stole dog tags from three dead Iraqis and buried another enemy corpse that a fellow Marine mutilated with bayonet and shovel.

But actually plugging slug into flesh with his M-40A1 sniper rifle was an elusive task for Swofford, a veteran of the first U.S.-Iraq war. His recent memoir, "Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles," remains a best seller months after its release. …

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