Just Another Soldier

Just Another Soldier

A Year on the Ground in Iraq

eBook - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A personal view of the war in Iraq by an infantryman in the Army National Guard puts a human face on the business of war and the military, offering a day-to-day account of his experiences and capturing the boredom, horrors, fears, and exhilaration of war in the trenches. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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This is not your father's war

This is Iraq, where a soldier's first duty is reinforcing his Humvee with sheet metal and sand bags. Or, in the absence of plumbing, burning barrels of human waste. Where any dead dog on the side of the road might be concealing an insurgent's bomb and anyone could be the enemy.

At age 17, Jason Christopher Hartley joined the Army National Guard. Thirteen years later, he is called to active duty, to serve in Iraq. Sent to a town called Ad Dujayl, made notorious by Saddam Hussein's 1982 massacre, Hartley is thrust into the center of America's war against terrorism. This is his story.

"If you are distrustful of the media and want to know exactly what's going on in Iraq, you'll have to pray for divine enlightenment, because only god knows what the hell is going on over here. However, if you want to know how it feels to be a soldier in Iraq, to hear something honest and raw, that I can help you with."

Sometimes profane, often poignant, and always nakedly candid, Just Another Soldier takes the reader past the images seen on CNN and the nightly news, into the day to day reality of life on the ground as an infantryman, attached to the 1st Division, in the first war of the 21st century. From the adrenaline rush of storming a suspected insurgent's house, to the sheer boredom of down time on the base, to the horror of dead civilians, Hartley examines his role as a man, as a soldier and as an American on foreign soil. His quest to discover the balance between his compassionate side and his baser instincts, results in a searing portrait of today's Army and a remarkable personal narrative written in a fresh and exciting new voice. Just Another Soldier is more than a war story; it delivers an intimate look at a generation of young men and women on the front lines of American policy.

Whether you're for or against the war in Iraq, this is essential reading.

This is not your father's war

This is Iraq, where a soldier's first duty is reinforcing his Humvee with sheet metal and sand bags. Or, in the absence of plumbing, burning barrels of human waste. Where any dead dog on the side of the road might be concealing an insurgent's bomb and anyone could be the enemy.

At age 17, Jason Christopher Hartley joined the Army National Guard. Thirteen years later, he is called to active duty, to serve in Iraq. Sent to a town called Ad Dujayl, made notorious by Saddam Hussein's 1982 massacre, Hartley is thrust into the center of America's war against terrorism. This is his story.

"If you are distrustful of the media and want to know exactly what's going on in Iraq, you'll have to pray for divine enlightenment, because only god knows what the hell is going on over here. However, if you want to know how it feels to be a soldier in Iraq, to hear something honest and raw, that I can help you with."

Sometimes profane, often poignant, and always nakedly candid, Just Another Soldier takes the reader past the images seen on CNN and the nightly news, into the day to day reality of life on the ground as an infantryman, attached to the 1st Division, in the first war of the 21st century. From the adrenaline rush of storming a suspected insurgent's house, to the sheer boredom of down time on the base, to the horror of dead civilians, Hartley examines his role as a man, as a soldier and as an American on foreign soil. His quest to discover the balance between his compassionate side and his baser instincts, results in a searing portrait of today's Army and a remarkable personal narrative written in a fresh and exciting new voice.Just Another Soldier is more than a war story; it delivers an intimate look at a generation of young men and women on the front lines of American policy.

Whether you're for or against the war in Iraq, this is essential reading.


The Iraqi war is distinguished by something new in the annals of armed conflict: soldier bloggers. Jason Christopher Hartley was one of the first to write a blog and his blog, Just Another Soldier, was one of the first to be written about (mentions in Time, the Wall Street Journal and an AP story). Now in book form, this is one soldier's view of the warfrom the ground up.

Jason Christopher Hartley, born in Salt Lake City, raised Mormon, joined the National Guard at age 17 and had been a career weekend soldier for 13 years. Then in 2003 his unit was deployed to Iraq, where he spent 11 months in the Sunni Triangle. Rather than resent that his weekend service has suddenly put him in harm's way, he's elated to be doing the real business of soldiering. From K-rations to dead civilians to extreme boredom punctuated by moments of extreme fear, Just Another Soldier takes the reader into the day-to-day experience of the Iraqi war. In addition to putting a human face on the Iraqi soldier, Just Another Soldier puts a human face on the country of Iraq; its culture and its people.



Blackwell North Amer
At age seventeen, Jason Christopher Hartley joined the Army National Guard. Thirteen years later, in 2003, he was called to active duty, to serve in Iraq. Sent to a town called Ad Dujayl, made notorious by Saddam Hussein's 1982 massacre, Hartley was thrust into the center of America's war against terrorism. This is his story.
Just Another Soldier takes the reader past the images seen on CNN and the nightly news, into the day-to-day reality of life on the ground as an infantryman, attached to the First Division in the first war of the twenty-first century. From the adrenaline rush of storming a suspected insurgent's house to the sheer boredom of downtime on the base to the horror of dead civilians, Hartley examines his role as a man, as a soldier, and as an American on foreign soil.

Baker
& Taylor

A personal view of the war in Iraq by an infantryman in the Army National Guard puts a human face on the business of war and the military, offering a day-to-day account of his experiences, capturing the boredom, horrors, fears, and exhilaration of war in the trenches.
A personal view of the war in Iraq by an infantryman in the Army National Guard puts a human face on the business of war and the military, offering a day-to-day account of his experiences, capturing the boredom, horrors, fears, and exhilaration of war in the trenches. 50,000 first printing.
A personal view of the war in Iraq by an infantryman in the Army National Guard puts a human face on the business of war and the military, offering a day-to-day account of his experiences, capturing the boredom, horrors, fears, and exhilaration of war inthe trenches.

Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2005
ISBN: 006089587X (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B HARTLEY
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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