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
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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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