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Publisher's Summary

A gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir which explores toxic masculinity and the devastating consequences of war on one impressionable young soldier
Matt Young joined the Marine Corps aged 18, after a drunken night that culminated in him crashing his car into a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases of California. Young survived training and then three deployments to Iraq as an infantryman.
Eat the Apple is the searing and honest response to those years. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating and ultimately redemptive, Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the vulnerability of those on the front lines and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.
Tender and brilliantly written, Eat the Apple is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores toxic masculinity and maps the insane geography of our times.
©2018 Matt Young (P)2018 Audible, Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Trayldog on 04-18-18

Honesty w real world language

My family is full of military veterans of foreign wars, two marines the rest evenly distributed among navy and Air Force
The consistent factor in their saying positive or negative things about this needed narrative was their political affiliations and depth of education open Reagan/ Trump supporters hated the book, especially chapter 55 and hated the use of curse words the more educated thought it was pretty boring until near chapter 40 and appreciated chapter 55. Listened in three parts while grilling, while working on couple cars, and while landscaping. Many of us together getting along and not agreeing on music.
Our Vietnam/ Cambodia Marines home since 1971 enjoyed Christmas 55 and spoke about how difficult the word, hero, can be
Our air force Korea veterans home since 195* hated the book and the language used said author was a foul crybaby.
Liked the book I will check out more by this author.
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5 out of 5 stars
By shamus cringle on 04-24-18

6 out of 5

If you ever wore the Eagle, Globe & Anchor, or if you didnt't.....It's must read.

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