Naval War College Review


Reed Bonadonna


Generation Kill may be the best war book to have such an interesting title since The Naked and the Dead. The book’s author, Rolling Stone contribut- ing editor Evan Wright, was an embed- ded journalist with 1st Recon Battalion when it made its rush north into Iraq at the head of the 1st Marine Expedition- ary Force (I MEF) during the 2003 inva- sion. The title might lead one to expect a sensational account of young people desensitized by video games and brutal- ized by rap music engaging in random acts of violence—a book perhaps com- bining titillation and moral censure in an uneasy mixture.