A revelatory first-hand account of a young enlistee"s profound coming of age and how boys grow into men amid the frenetic, sometimes exhilarating violence, frequent boredom, and almost overwhelming responsibilities that frame a soldier"s experience and the way we fight today.
Originally published: London : Allen Lane, 2009.
|LC Classifications||UA652.G7 H46 2010|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xv, 310 p. :|
|Number of Pages||310|
|LC Control Number||2010017134|
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