Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.
Realistische Schreib- und Darstellungsweisen der europäischen Avantgarden des ausgehenden 19. und beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts haben in der Nachkriegszeit eine neue Konjunktur erlebt. Die Beiträge dieses Bandes führen zentrale Fragestellungen der gegenwärtigen Realismusforschung fort, indem sie die spezifische Ausrichtung von Realismuskonzepten der Nachkriegsjahre im Film, aber auch deren Bedeutung für Poetiken und Poetologien nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in den Blick nehmen. Bisher wenig beachtete internationale und intermediale Verflechtungen zwischen filmästhetischen und literarischen Konzepten des italienischen Neorealismus (1943 bis etwa 1954), deutschsprachiger Nachkriegsliteratur und neorealistischer Theoriebildung werden hier erstmals erschlossen. Film-, Literatur- und Geschichtsinteressierten bietet der Band zudem einen breiten Überblick über die internationale Medienlandschaft der Nachkriegszeit.
Die Anschläge vom 11. September 2001 und die sich anschließenden militärischen und paramilitärischen Konflikte sind im Kino von Anfang an mit einem intensiven Widerspiel von Erzählungen und Gegenerzählungen beantwortet worden. Diesen vielstimmigen audiovisuellen Dialog nimmt der Band zum Anlass, die Rolle des Films in den kontroversen moralischen, rechtlichen und politischen Auseinandersetzungen der Gegenwart zu untersuchen. Mit Beiträgen von Thomas Elsaesser, Astrid Erll, Daniel Martin Feige, Josef Früchtl, Klaus Günther, Vinzenz Hediger, Anja Peltzer, Jochen Schuff, Martin Seel, Christiane Voss und Hans Jürgen Wulff.
Author: Philip D. Beidler
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Release Date: 2010-01-25
Genre: Political Science
As a writer, Philip D. Beidler has often drawn on his combat experience in Vietnam and his deep engagement with American popular culture. His essays tap these sources in powerful, truth-telling ways. In American Wars, American Peace, another voice emerges, distinct yet also tied to Beidler’s wartime memories and his love of literature, film, and music. It is the voice of one of the “baby-boom progeny of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who at home and abroad became the foot soldiers” not just in Vietnam but in the Peace Corps, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and beyond. Beidler has experienced enough of history to question “the kinds of peace that one empire after another has tried to impose on the world at whatever immense costs.” As he reflects on terrorism, patriotism, geopolitics, sacrifice, propaganda, and more, Beidler revisits his generation’s “inherited vision of national purpose”--and he asks what happened. These essays are a sobering wake-up call for even the most informed and conscientious citizen.
Author: Douglas A. Cunningham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2016-04-15
Genre: Performing Arts
A Companion to the War Film contains 27 original essays that examine all aspects of the genre, from the traditional war film, to the new global nature of conflicts, and the diverse formats that war stories assume in today’s digital culture. Includes new works from experienced and emerging scholars that expand the scope of the genre by applying fresh theoretical approaches and archival resources to the study of the war film Moves beyond the limited confines of “the combat film” to cover home-front films, international and foreign language films, and a range of conflicts and time periods Addresses complex questions of gender, race, forced internment, international terrorism, and war protest in films such as Full Metal Jacket, Good Kill, Grace is Gone, Gran Torino, The Messenger, Snow Falling on Cedars, So Proudly We Hail, Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, Tender Comrade, and Zero Dark Thirty Provides a nuanced vision of war film that brings the genre firmly into the 21st Century and points the way for exciting future scholarship
Author: John Pettegrew
Publisher: JHU Press
Release Date: 2015-09-25
American military power in the War on Terror has increasingly depended on the capacity to see the enemy. The act of seeing—enhanced by electronic and digital technologies—has separated shooter from target, eliminating risk of bodily harm to the remote warrior, while YouTube videos eroticize pulling the trigger and video games blur the line between simulated play and fighting. Light It Up examines the visual culture of the early twenty-first century military. Focusing on the Marine Corps, which played a critical part in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, John Pettegrew argues that U.S. military force in the Iraq War was projected through an "optics of combat." Powerful military technology developed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has placed war in a new posthuman era. Pettegrew’s interviews with marines, as well as his analysis of first-person shooter videogames and combat footage, lead to startling insights into the militarization of popular digital culture. An essential study for readers interested in modern warfare, policy makers, and historians of technology, war, and visual and military culture.
Author: Thomson Gale
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Release Date: 2005-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.