War is Boring: Book summary and reviews of War is Boring by David Axe

War is Boring

Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones

by David Axe

War is Boring by David Axe
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2010
    144 pages
    Genre: Graphic Novels

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Street battles with spears and arrows in sweltering East Timor. Bone- jarring artillery duels in Afghanistan's mountains. Long patrols on the sandy wastes of southern Iraq. For four years, war was life for David Axe. He was alternately bored out of his mind and completely terrified. It was strangely addictive.

As a correspondent for The Washington Times, C-SPAN and BBC Radio, Axe flew from conflict to conflict, reveling in death, danger, and destruction abroad while, back in D.C., his apartment gathered dust, his plants died, and his relationships withered. War reporting was physically, emotionally, and financially draining-and disillusioning. Loosely based on the web comic of the same name, with extensive new material, War Is Boring takes us to Lebanon and Somalia; to arms bazaars across the United States; to Detroit, as David tries to reconnect with his family-and to Chad, as David attempts to bring attention to the Darfur genocide.

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"Starred Review. [H]is war correspondent's graphic memoir packs a smart-bomb blast...Axe's ground-level perspective, as a free agent who is there by choice, makes much war journalism look like an aerial view in comparison." - Kirkus Reviews

"Like War Fix, this suffers a bit from Axe's ambivalence toward his calling, but his honesty sets it apart from other war narratives." - Publishers Weekly

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David Axe is a journalist and author whose blog, warisboring.com, gets over a thousand unique hits per day. Matt Bors is a cartoonist whose comic strips appear in newspapers across the country.

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