My historical novel is titled Sunrise over Fallujah. The Author 's name is Walter Dean Myers. This book is a sequel to his earlier book Fallen Angels. This book centers on Robin “Birdy” Perry and his new life joining the United States army. Robin is from Harlem, NY and was living a normal life until the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He felt as if he was obligated to serve in the military to defend his home and his country. His father was outraged and was against it but his uncle understands his decision to wants him to defend the country. His father has no choice but to respect his decision even though he doesn’t like it. On the plane going to the U.S. military base in Doha, he meets a few of his fellow soldiers. They all have conversations about …show more content…
Early in the book he has a rivalry with a fellow New Yorker named Marla Kennedy from Long Island. She says very direct racial slurs because she has a past with certain black people. He also meets Corporal Charlie Jones aka Jonesy from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He is a very colorful person. He insists that everyone calls him jonesy so he knows that they are watching his back. He has aspirations to own his own blues bar. He claims he only joined the army so he can have a muse for his blues song. Birdy continues his rivalry with Marla. They argue about guns and other petty things that she would pick at him for. They each had their own way of doing things but they began to be a family. All of the soldiers there engaged in wartime propaganda, meaning they would talk about how the war was going to blow over. But little did they know that the war had just begun. They had watched films and studied Saddam Hussein. They learned a lot about different types of Muslims and the his unit felt that there was going to be a lot of tension between them and the 3rdinfantry guys which was mostly marines and special ops …show more content…
This is the first real thing that he has to face. He goes into the school the children that are sick and one of them dies. He and his team have to go to the morgue to take the kids. On their way theregoing inside they have to battle insurgents. They go in and one of the rebels attacks Marla so birdy puts him down and they take the children inside. The unit has more combat and more struggles with the Iraqi people. Birdy continued to write letters to his father but he didn’t respond. He wrote to his uncle Richie instead. They talked about how gruesome and mind boggling war was. They could both agree that the hellish experiences they had in their perspective wars had been too much for one person to handle. They found themselves asking what God in his right mind would allow that type of carnage on his green earth. The unit found themselves engulfed in heated discussions about race, sexism, misogyny and politics from different points of view. Whether it is from man, woman, black, white, or Latino they always fought about something remotely irrelevant to the topic at hand. During the story, the unit gets a card called rules of engagement. They explain the difference in “happy shooting” and actually battle shooting. Birdy says that his family won’t understand it and he doesn’t either. They’re fighting an enemy that they can’t identify because of the two
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For this month’s SSR I read A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. The author is Ishmael Beah and the publisher is Sarah Crichton Books. The copyright date is 2007 and there are 218 pages in this book. The genre of non-fiction is autobiography.
In 1980, a "coming-of-age" young man, Scott Meehan, enlisted into the U.S. Army Special Forces as a Medic. Known as one of the last "street-babies," he was able to enter the elite program immediately following Basic Training, AIT, and Airborne school. Twenty-five years later, married with two "Army Brats" traveling the world, Meehan was all he could be before retiring as a Major. Discover a soldier 's career through insightful vignettes describing his early special forces training, assignment to Berlin during the Cold War, encounters with the KGB, ROTC training, Desert Storm, and his three tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) where he was awarded the Bronze Star. A thrilling story that reads like a novel of an American hero whose parents were
To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that is full of life lessons. The book opens with Jean Louise Finch, better known as Scout, telling of their family history. One day, while outside playing, they find a little boy named Charles Baker Harris, also known as Dill. These three start to get into many shenanigans, including investigating the mystery of Arthur "Boo" Radley; he hasn't been seen in years. There are a lot of theories surrounding him and why he doesn't come out, but we finally find out why at the end of the book.
His embarrassment causes him to enlist in the military and he ends up serving time in Vietnam. The novel touches on his experiences and bonds with his platoon while serving his time in Vietnam. Throughout the book, Myers shows a realistic depiction of war such as the graphic violence, the inner thoughts of a soldier, and how the platoon struggles to survive. Throughout the novel, Myers utilizes many different ways to portray the realistic depiction of war.
The praises that you receive shouldn’t be based on the mere fact that you join but maybe for those who actually wants to serve and protect. In contrast, he says “Make that choice without looking back to see the cheering faces of those who tell you your duty is to do what they are not doing for purposes you may not know nor share” (Gillman 680). None the less, the author let the reader know that these young men and women risk their own lives for purposes which may not be of any value to themselves or the country. As a result, those purposes doesn’t deserve the praises that are
As a soldier in combat he kept his country in mind instead of his family or himself. He becomes a hardcore die hard patriotic person that will go to any extent to save his unit of brothers. He understands that part of his job includes him having to put his life on the line. This shows courage and his true colors. He said in the book “i would lay dead for this nation”.
It is his best option considering his past and circumstances. Enlisting in the army also allows Chance to stay true to himself, as well as fulfill his father 's legacy. It allows him to stay true to himself, discover what he wants out of life, and honor his father’s
More than just the chance to get shot, the war institutionalized the characters. "We became hard, suspicious, pitiless, vicious, tough […] We did not break down but adapted ourselves. " The 20-year olds, fresh out of school, were forced to adopt a mindset that allowed them to acclimate to the constant death surround themselves. They learned to take pride is small victories, that to the everyday civilian were normal, but to them were rarities, like comradery and a good meal. "When I see them here [..] I feel an irresistible attraction in it, I would like to be here too and forget the war […] but also it repels me."
Louie didn’t want the Bird to see him in pain because he wanted to take control and turn the power around. He needed to be resilient and stay mentally strong. Later, for stealing, the Bird had made every man in the camp punch Louie and a few others in the
I chose the book Black Hearts by Jim Frederick because it was recommended to me by First Lieutenant Smaldone. He had to read it as course material during his training at TBS (The Basic School). Officers go to TBS following Officer Candidate School where newly commissioned officers learn to lead and inspire fellow Marines. Black Hearts is a non-fiction story about the 502nd Infantry Regiment’s deployment to a region south of Baghdad, Iraq and it’s breakdown of leadership, morale, and discipline. The Unit was known as “The Black Heart Brigade.”
Walter Dean Myers dropped out of school at the age of 15, due to family problems. He loved school, and he loved literature. Being unconnected to the world of learning, and becoming tired of not being able to read, he decided to visit the public library. Until he could no longer bear the fact that he was not getting an education(his one and only dream), he silently cried in his bedroom every night. He needed help and seeked attention from others until one day, a “do-good” counselor called his house and got him put back into the school system.
Readers, especially those reading historical fiction, always crave to find believable stories and realistic characters. Tim O’Brien gives them this in “The Things They Carried.” Like war, people and their stories are often complex. This novel is a collection stories that include these complex characters and their in depth stories, both of which are essential when telling stories of the Vietnam War. Using techniques common to postmodern writers, literary techniques, and a collection of emotional truths, O’Brien helps readers understand a wide perspective from the war, which ultimately makes the fictional stories he tells more believable.
My book is called I Rode A Horse Of Milk White Jade written by Diane Lee Wilson. My book is about a girl that got her foot crushed by a horse when she was a baby. Ever since that incident her family has had bad luck. The narrator of the story was Oyuna. She was telling a story about her life when she was 12.
The nature of the enemy was changing and as there was conflicting guidance from MG Odierno to use more force and COL Rudesheim to use more non-lethal methods to combat the enemy, whoever that was. LTC Sassaman viewed COL Rudesheim as the desk jockey who did not really know what was going on in the field, and as a result of the conflict in guidance, discipline started to break down within the battalion. LTC Sassaman did not have a “how to” manual on how to combat insurgency and at the same time stand up a government. LTC Sassaman points out in the case study that the intent of the Soldiers who forced the two Iraqi’s over the bridge were not criminal. The decision by LT Saville to make these civilians jump into the Tigris River as a non-lethal threat describes the permissive attitude allowed that leads to unethical behavior in combat.