Having recommended movies about the
One recommended book is Tim O’Brien’s GOING AFTER CACCIATO – a fantastical novel that begins in
The second book is O’Brien’s THE THINGS THEY CARRIED – a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. This is a moving story about what soldiers fighting in
And I have to admit I haven’t read O’Brien’s memoir IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE. Can anyone who has read it post a comment here about the memoir?
I’d like to share one thing about fighting in
Geist's face twists into a sneer. "Good thing it wasn't a fragging. Then you probably would have 'bought it'."
She's drowning but she has to know. "What's a fragging?"
"Hey, guys, little lady here wants to know what a fragging is!" Geist yells up the table.
Geist takes hold of her other arm. "It's a slang term – officers getting killed by their own men – on purpose."
She collapses back into her chair. "I don’t understand."
Now Robert faces her. "Fragging is when an enlisted man purposely kills his officer – usually by tossing a grenade at him."
"Happens a lot in
The bile rises in her throat. She staggers up out of the chair and rushes from the room.
She stumbles out the front door of the club and slams her right foot against the curb. The stabs of pain slow her down.
Robert catches up to her. "
She collapses onto the ground and fights to catch her breath.
"Robert, it's horrible enough to be killed by a heartless enemy. To be killed by your own men – on purpose!"
He crouches beside her. "It doesn't happen that much. Reports are highly exaggerated. Geist should have kept his mouth shut."
"Why do they kill their officers?"
Robert offers her his hand to pull her up. She doesn’t take it.
"The men are drafted. They don't want to fight in a war that makes no sense to them. There's lots of drugs. They hate their officers who risk getting them killed. So they get rid of their officers. The next ones may be better."
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