Title: Chasing Alexander
Author’s Name: Christopher Martain
Publisher: Notional Books
Page Count: 280 Pages
Author or Book Website: N/A
Link to Amazon purchase page: Amazon.com: Chasing Alexander: A Marine’s Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan: Martin, Christopher: Books
Link to Goodreads: Chasing Alexander: A Marine’s Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan by Christopher Martin | Goodreads
Release Date: N/A
How I Got the Book: Review Copy
Summary of the Book:
A haunting, fast-paced war memoir, Chasing Alexander is Christopher Martin’s account of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A failing college student obsessed with Alexander the Great, Martin enlists in the US Marines to become a different sort of man, a man like Alexander. From his difficulty at boot camp to his disappointing deployment to Iraq, Martin fears he may never follow in Alexander’s footsteps.
Then, after a strategy change, Martin and his unit arrive in Marjah, “the bleeding ulcer” of Afghanistan. There he faces heat, fleas, and a hidden enemy. As the casualties mount, Martin struggles to control his emotions and his newfound sense of power. Chasing Alexander looks unflinchingly at the seductive side of war, and its awful consequences.
My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I don’t read biographies or memoirs very often, but something about this book drew to it. I have and had family in the military and I have head stories. This is Martin’s point of view from Bootcamp to his deployment. It gives a true insight to what it is like to be be in the warzones and what it can do to a person. The highs and the lows that comes with being in the military. I don’t want to give to much away for it is a good read and made me realize more of the harsh reality that our military goes through and how they have to deal with it.
My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars