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Blood Makes The Grass Grow Green : A Year in the Desert with Team America - Johnny Rico

Blood Makes The Grass Grow Green

A Year in the Desert with Team America

Paperback Published: 24th April 2007
ISBN: 9780891418979
Number Of Pages: 336

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Outrageous, hilarious, and absolutely candid, "Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green "is Johnny Rico's firsthand account of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, a memoir that also reveals the universal truths about the madness of war.
No one would have picked Johnny Rico for a soldier. The son of an aging hippie father, Johnny was overeducated and hostile to all authority. But when 9/11 happened, the twenty-six-year-old probation officer dropped everything to become an "infantry combat killer."
But if he'd thought that serving his country would be the kind of authentic experience a reader of "The Catcher in the Rye "would love, he quickly realized he had another thing coming. In Afghanistan he found himself living a Lord of the Flies existence among soldiers who feared civilian life more than they feared the Taliban-guys like Private Cox, a musical prodigy busy "planning his future poverty," and Private Mulbeck, who didn't know precisely which country he was in. Life in a combat zone meant carnage and courage-but it also meant tedious hours standing guard, punctuated with thoughtful arguments about whether Bea Arthur was still alive.
Utterly uncensored and full of dark wit, "Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green "is a poignant, frightening, and heartfelt view of life in this and every man's army.

Industry Reviews

"'Breathtakingly, brutally and hilariously honest. This is the finest book about youth and war I've ever read.' - Clinton McKinzie, bestselling author of Crossing the Line"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xiii
Night Patrol: Dancing with Cornflakes in Afghanistanp. 3
The End of the Worldp. 16
Johnny Rico Needs Ten Dollarsp. 19
Angry Arabsp. 23
The First Thoughtp. 26
The Aqua Swedish Blender Incidentp. 29
September 11, 2001p. 31
Satan and His League of Army Recruitersp. 34
Eating Doritos in the Middle Eastp. 39
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Againp. 43
Welcome to Fort Benning: A Covenant Controlled Communityp. 46
Downrange to Basic Trainingp. 49
Airborne Airborne All the Way; Airborne Airborne Every Dayp. 52
Aloha Hawaiip. 57
In Cold Blood and Calm Pulsep. 62
The Final Weekendp. 66
The First Twenty-four Hours at Firebase Cougarp. 74
The Folly of Well-meaning People from Places with Names Like Ohiop. 98
Fatty Boy Ryan and the Sodomizing Talibanp. 102
Water Bottle Torture Techniquesp. 126
The Russian Basep. 133
The Wastelands of Afghanistanp. 151
Conversations with a Nonexistent Radiop. 153
A Perpetual Never-ending Tour of Dutyp. 164
The Virgin Mary Trading Cardp. 177
Why I Needed to Diep. 184
Suffering Makes Things Interestingp. 190
The Fury of the First Sergeantp. 197
The Protection of a Haystackp. 203
The Attack of the Taliban Lightning Bugsp. 206
Taliban Greeting Cardsp. 214
An Afghanistan Christmasp. 219
A Sunday Morning Kitten Mutilationp. 224
I Arrive at Cougar Base and Learn the Purpose of Sandbagsp. 229
Things Sometimes Get Messyp. 234
Operation Hamster Salivap. 243
How Watching The Joy Luck Club Almost Got Me Killedp. 258
Firebase Feverp. 277
Packing Green Socks for Americap. 288
One Final Missionp. 292
Proudp. 298
Epiloguep. 303
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ISBN: 9780891418979
ISBN-10: 0891418970
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 24th April 2007
Publisher: Presidio Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1