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Karen Yost

on 28 April 2010

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Colby Buzzel was born in California on July 18, 1976. He is an American author, blogger, and former soldier in the U.S. Army. ... The book, My War: Killing Time in Iraq, recounts his deployment in Iraq from November 2003-January 2005. It has been both praised and widely criticized due to the huge amount of truth that goes on over there. By reading this book, you get the real picture of what life is like in the eyes of a soldier, not the bs that the Government wants you to hear. The book starts off by telling his life story of how he was a Californian skater punk growing up, and how he frequently moved around the country and describes his youth as a lot of drinking, drug use, dead-end jobs, and a minor criminal record. Buzzell originally wanted to be a marine, but when he went to the recruiters office and they shot him down because they said he was too old (26 years old). He went outside, and thats where the army recruiters picked him up. He was signed on as an infantryman, and was shipped to Iraq in 2003. There he was part of a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. This is where he started writing his anonymous soldier blog, titled CBFTW, which replaced his habitual journaling back in the States. The blog quickly gained popularity, as it was extremely helpful to the parents of soldiers to know exactly what their children were experiencing, and to those who wanted the truth, not the stories the media was feeding them. Whe he got out of the military, his blog was getting so much praise by reviewers and so much abuse from the Government that he took down the blog and published this book. This book got numerous awards and good reviews. In 2008, he was called back to active duty, but upon entry to his post he was marked NOT DEPLOYABLE due to posttraumatic stress disorder
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