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Steve Creasy 104989261 Discussion: Tuesday 5:40PM David Zucchino Thunder Run Atlantic Monthly Press New York, NY
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A historical account of the 2003 battle for Baghdad, Thunder Run begins as American tanks are readying themselves for a push into Iraq’s capitol city . The story jumps right into the action and gives personal narrative and stories from the battlefield . The personal stories of US soldiers are linked together by the author’s narration, and the outcome is a hauntingly intimate account of the battle . The book deals mainly with the basic issues the soldiers deal with in battle: problems with the invasion, the horrors of war they experience, and the details of weaponry used in battle . Problems with the invasion that are dealt with include lack of accurate planning, faulty maps, lack of spare parts, insufficient ammunition and supplies, communications issues, equipment problems, and the unfamiliarity of the crew with the tactics that are used . The crews also experience difficulties adjusting to the horrors of live battle . Many of the soldiers fighting in the war are seeing combat for the first time, and are horrified at what they are doing . The soldiers express a certain disgust at their role, which includes the merciless slaughter of untrained and ill-equipped Iraqi forces that barely pose a threat to the superiority of American tanks . The question of morality is also brought up, and soldiers in the story often ask themselves if what they are doing is right or wrong – a difficult question to answer when the slaughter of thousands of people is at odds with many soldiers’ religions . Friends see other friends die in horrible battlefield situations, and are shocked at what they witness first hand . The author does not glorify war or killing, but rather makes personal the famous saying “War is hell” . As a historical account of the battle, the author did not put forth much of an argument one
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course GHIST 225 taught by Professor H.gelfand during the Winter '08 term at James Madison University.

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