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David J. Morris

David J. Morris is a former Marine and author of Storm on the Horizon (Free Press, 2004), an account of the Battle of Khafji in the Gulf War. His essay, “The Big Suck” (Winter 2007), was chosen for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, and “Trophy Town” (Winter 2008) shared the 2008 Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction.


The Stringer and the Snake-eater

June 23, 2010 | Criticism

Stanley McChrystal was born a soldier, which may have been his problem—he lacked respect for civilians, particularly the ones elected to lead the country.

Empires of the Mind

Winter 2009 | Essays

Recently, I came across a photo on the web of prisoners in Guantánamo. You know the one: shot at close range through a chain-link fence, we see a line of detainees in orange jumpsuits—hooded, hands tied, bent over and broken. They are the first crop of prisoners from the new Global War on Terror.

Entries from The New Combat Contradictionary

March 20, 2008

An Exercise in Interpretive Lexicography Relating to the Recent Hostilities An Army of One: soldiers who dump their girlfriends/boyfriends right before an overseas deployment ostensibly to spare them the pain of long-term separation. Also The Cult [...]

Trophy Town

He carries it with him everywhere, his thumb drive. Around his neck pendantlike, jangling next to his dog tags. Or floating free in his leg pocket, mixed in with his laundry chit and requisition slips, swimming in the everyday stuff but diffe [...]