Ranger Games

Ranger Games

A Story of Soldiers, Family, and An Inexplicable Crime

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Documents the story of an aspiring U.S. Army Ranger who inexplicably participated in an armed robbery hours before being deployed to Iraq, investigating the influence of the young man's superior and the Ranger indoctrination program.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385538435
Branch Call Number: 364.1552 BLUM
Characteristics: x, 412 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 13, 2018

A disturbing but accurate portrayal of the destruction of a young man’s personality and moral compass. Alex embraces a Ranger’s fantasy only to discover he is betrayed by the ideal that does not exist! The army transforms a kind, warm and humorous fellow to a man whose only focus is to obey and please his superiors devoid of ethical conduct. A tragic and difficult read, this book reveals the caste system within the army and the purposeful intent of the army to reduce a person to an unthinking automotan.

VaughanPLDavidB Oct 10, 2017

This is an excellent account of one man's search to find the truth of a seemingly inexplicable crime that shattered so many individuals and families. There is a theme running through the book that the author does not address, nor would I expect him to: the cult of militarism that pervades so much of American society, that sucks young men and women into a physical and psychological meat grinder and spits them out on the other side, discarded. The cult also exists here in Canada, but to a much smaller extent. Fortunately for this country, Canadians generally have a much healthier skepticism of the military, and view it as a necessary, but not dominant part of our society.


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