rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Memoirs” have taken a bad rap in the world of publishing lately. So much so that you have to wonder if you can believe anything that anyone says is a “true story.” This is why I was heartened to see the semi disclaimer in Fick’s book that he tried his best to make it as accurate as possible, but if something is wrong, it wasn’t intentional truthiness to blame.
The book itself is wonderful. The topic isn’t wonderful, of course, but the descriptions and the narrative is very good. He doesn’t go easy on himself either, which is refreshing. There is great detail on the things people most want to know. And, though you know, of course, that Filk holds some things back, you get a very full picture of what life was like for him, and his Marines, going through all the phases of this story.
If you’re interested in military memoirs, I recommend it. If you’re looking for a print version of Full Metal Jacket, you might want to take a pass.