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The Book Show #1246 - Anthony Swofford


The 2005 publication of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

changed author and former sniper Anthony Swofford’s life. The Gulf War memoir became a best-seller and inspired a film adaptation starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Swofford’s follow-up memoir, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir
, examines his life after war and his complicated relationship with his family. Swofford recounts nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash. He also explores his difficult relationship with his father, a philandering, once hard-drinking, now terminally ill Vietnam veteran.

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