What are the best modern day military autobiographies?

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    #1My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq

    My War: Killing Time in Iraq is an autobiography by Colby Buzzell based on the blog he wrote when he was in service in the Middle East. The blog caught fame as it presented a voice different from the US government's.


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    Amalia Barragán
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "It's nice to find a very honest war book, that is about the experiences and not what pissed the author off personally. It's a revealing insight into the existence in war, that people should know about before acting like they know anything but have never been. "
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    #2Unspoken Abandonment

    Unspoken Abandonment

    Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the Hardest Part of Going to War is Coming Home is Bryan Wood's firsthand account of his struggle to find peace and his old self within him when he got home after serving the army in Afghanistan.


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    Rose Alvarez
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This was a very interesting read. I think we don't often understand what goes on mentally with someone that comes back from actual war. This book gives insight into that for one persons journey."
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    #3The Good Soldiers

    The Good Soldiers
    The Good Soldiers is David Finkel's narration of the 'Surge', the last-resort operation President George Bush ordered the U.S. Rangers to do to secure Baghdad, and the young soldiers who carried the orders out in the dangerous desert.

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    Doris Hansen
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Even though military autobiographies are not my usual genre to read, a friend of mine recommended that I check out "The Good Soldiers" by David Finkel. It's written from the perspective of the commander and soldiers who are killed and wounded during their 2007-08 deployment in Iraq. It's not bad but I don't really care for it because it has a lot of blood, guts, and gore which you would expect to find in book like this."
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    #4Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars is Steve Coll's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece that contains accounts from key government personalities about the U.S.'s actions in the Middle East during the rise of Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban.


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    Evelyn Weber
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Ghost Wars was a good read. I took it on the plane with me when I commuted cross country for work. I liked that it was and autobiography. I found it plausible and honest. A good look on how the goverment acted during the Middle east problems. Good character developement."
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    #5No Easy Day

    No Easy Day
    No Easy Day puts readers inside the elite, handpicked twenty-four-man team known as SEAL Team Six as they train for the most important mission of their lives: the SEALs were going after Bin Laden.

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    Megan Lane
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is a great book for anyone that is interested in biographies or military history. I think I may read it again."
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    #6Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War

    Service: A Navy SEAL at War is Marcus Luttrell's firsthand depiction of his time in Iraq, where he joined the SEAL Team 5 to subdue Ramadi. There, Luttrell contemplated on the meaning of his service, and those of his comrades.


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    Bobby Tucker
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "We tend to think heros are a thing of the past. Anyone who reads military books that have been released or seen movies like Sniper know this isn't true. This one of a kind autobiography brings you into the thrills of modern day war."
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    #7Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor is the true story of four U.S. Navy SEALs that went on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a fortified base to kill an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. Because of the great odds they faced, only Marcus Luttrell survived.


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    Nancy McDonald
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "A very touching true story. The details are amazing. It feels like you are right there with the writer in every aspect of the autobiography. "
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    #8The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    Mark Schmidt
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I enjoy war stories and this book of autobiographies gives a very unique look in into the lives of soldiers. I have read all kinds of military history, and this is a page turner."
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    Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles is a historical nonfiction book written by Anthony Swofford. Jarhead was published on November 11, 2005 by Scribner.


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    Anna Feng
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Many of those who who had to go to war don't talk about it. For us civilians it's hard to understand the things that go on during wartime. Jarhead is a book written in first person by Anthony Swofford about his experiences in the military. This is the perfect book for someone looking for a modern day military autobiography. "
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    #10Sniper One

    Sniper One

    Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq is an autobiography written by Sgt. Dan Mills and published in 2009. It is about the 1st Battalion of the British Royal Regiment and their six-month fight in Iraq.


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    William Harris
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Got it from my crazy uncle who always gets me Bill O’Reilly books for Christmas. This is the only one he’s ever got me that’s actually good. Not sure if he read it or not, but as I’ll reiterate below, this is a great book for any political perspective. It’s an easy five stars, a great look into the realities of the Iraq War that doesn’t have to try too hard to feel “gritty” and “real”, but also doesn’t try to whitewash what happened. Told from the perspective of British soldiers, it’s a great look into the war’s main victims; the poor sods on either side of the fight stuck shooting at each other for forty-hour stretches in 110-degree heat while dodging mortar shells. It’s a true story written by one of the soldiers who served in this sniper platoon, so everything described here basically happened. Reading it, you’ll be both amazed by the talent, luck and heroism of our boys in uniform, and repelled by the overall horrors of the war that they were subjected to. It’s a great book for people who like war books, and a great book for people who hate wars. Everyone should read this, and I think everyone will enjoy it. "
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    #11Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
    Band of Brothers tells the tale of the Easy Company, a rifle company in the US Army during World War II. From the moment their training began until Victory Day and beyond, the men of Easy Company suffered but always persevered.

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    Johnny Alvarez
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "As someone who reads autobiographies, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest was very interesting. Anyone who is into history or World War 2 will enjoy this like I did."
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    #12Born Fearless

    Born Fearless

    Born Fearless: Commando, Para, Mercenary, SAS, Pirate Hunter is a non-fiction military biography book written by Phil Campion. It is first published in 2011 by Quercus. 


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    Stephen Gonzales
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I really loved Born Fearless: Commando. If you're in the mood for a biography on some serious heroics, this is the one for you."
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    #13Some Never Forget

    Some Never Forget
    Some Never Forget is the second book in the two-part true-to-life series written by R. Cyril West, A POW/MIA Truth series. It was released in April 2017 and was an honoree for the 2018 Indie B.R.A.G. Award.

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    Dylan Weaver
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a book written about the POW/MIAs from the war in the middle east. It examines the lives of the soldiers lost or taken prisioner in the conflict and shines a light on who they were and what they are doing. Super interesting and very moving."
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    #14An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Integrity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything is an autobiography written by Col. Chris Hadfield. Published in 2013.


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    Alan Bates
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Very good description of this book. It offers plenty of positive reviews. Seems like a pretty good book "
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    #15A Few Good Women

    A Few Good Women

    A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a non-fiction book written by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee which is about the U.S. women’s military corps. 


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    Jose Schmidt
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was a very interesting story and takes a different turn. I really connected with the story and liked the women aspect, I definitely have not seen that before. I can say this is one of the best military autobiographies I have read."
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    #16Hogs in the Shadows

    Hogs in the Shadows

    Hogs in the Shadows: Combat Stories from Marine Snipers in Iraq is an autobiography by Milo S. Afong about his experiences and the roles of Hunters of Gunman, or HoGs, in Iraq. It was published in December 2008.


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    Zheng Hao
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Hogs in the Shadows is a really heart felt book and that gives and honest and in depth account of what it was like to be a solider in Iraq. The stories were very gripping and at times I could feel exactly what he was going through. The writing is also very colorful and thought provoking. "
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    #17The Battle for the Falklands

    The Battle for the Falklands

    The Battle for the Falklands is a military fiction written by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins. Originally published in 1983, The Battle for the Falklands focuses on the events in the Falkland Islands during the Falklands wars.


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    Walter Allen
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is pretty common science fiction. There are a lot of military themes in the book which makes it very reminiscent of Starship Troopers. It's a passable book for the hardcore science fiction readers out there but for the casual audience, there are better books."
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    #18Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror

    Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror
    Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror is a book written by Milo S. Afong that narrates the role of snipers in U.S.'s war on terror, and examines the psychological effects of the war in the minds of snipers.

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    Jason Armstrong
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Amazing book, I will read it again and I am not the type to reread anything."
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    #19Ashley's War

    Ashley's War

    Ashley's War is a non-fiction book written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon which is about a team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan. 


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    Sara Powell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "One of the best modern day military autobiographies that I have had the pleasure of reading lately has to be Ashley's War. This book told an interesting story of the female American warriors fighting in our current wars! I really enjoyed it."
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    #20One Shot One Kill

    One Shot One Kill
    One Shot One Kill is a book by Charles W. Sasser and Craig Roberts that narrates the lives of some American snipers, from World War II to the war in the Middle East. The book is recognized as a main selection of the Military Book Club.

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    Christopher Perkins
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "reviews are good but i think there is better options"
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    #21Eye of the Storm

    Eye of the Storm

    Eye of the Storm: Twenty-five Years in Action with the SAS is a non-fiction war biography book written by  Peter Ratcliffe and Noel Botham. It is first published in 2000.


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    Kathleen Young
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book was interesting to read. It included a lot of detailed historical information about wars I didn't know very much about."
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    #22Dead Center

    Dead Center

    Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War is an autobiography by Ed Kugler narrating his harrowing but fulfilling experiences as a sniper for the 4th Marines in the heat of the Vietnam War.


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    Robert Herrera
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "What makes Dead Center is a fantastic book is that the author isn't trying to make a political point. It is simply a straight account of his time in Nam, good and bad, triumphs and failures, the glory and the horror. I was born 20 years after the war ended and I still found myself moved by Kugler's story."


Best What are the best modern day military autobiographies
1My War: Killing Time in IraqBooks 28 Paid
2Unspoken AbandonmentBooks 25 Paid
3The Good SoldiersBooks 23 Paid
4Ghost WarsBooks 22 Paid
5No Easy DayBooks 21 Paid
6Service: A Navy SEAL at WarBooks 20 Paid
7Lone Survivor (Book)Books 19 Paid
8The Things They CarriedBooks 17 Paid
9JarheadBooks 12 Paid
10Sniper OneBooks 7 Paid

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