"Easily the best book on the Iraq war so far. A deeply disturbing, compulsively readable narrative offering profound insights into the lives of America's young soldiers" (New Statesman)
"An adrenaline rush of intelligent prose. One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war" (Financial Times)
From the Back Cover
Another nameless town, another target for First Recon.It's only five in the afternoon, but a sandstorm has plunged everything into a hellish twilight of murky, red dust.On rooftops, in alleyways lurk militiamen with machine guns, AK rifles and the odd rocket-propelled grenade.Artillery bombardment has shattered the town's sewers and rubble is piled up in lagoons of human excrement.It stinks.Welcome to Iraq...
First Recon are the special forces of the US Marine Corps, a lean, mean fighting machine trained to perfection and spoiling for action.This is their story as they spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq - a story of extreme bravery, borderline lunacy, touching camaraderie and breathtaking violence on the road to Baghdad.
First Recon's thankless task is to race ahead of the main coalition forces to spring enemy ambushes, earning them the nickname 'First Suicide Battalion'.Generation Kill allows an intimate look at how people fighting in war actually experience it, as the voices of soldiers on the front line are heard for the first time.
'Easily the best book on the Iraq war so far. A deeply disturbing, compulsively readable narrative offering profound insights into the lives of America's young soldiers'