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updated 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

MORE FIGHTING WORDS Striking new memoirs from soldiers about Iraq are bringing the conflict home in a way that CNN couldn't. Here, the best and brightest.

THE LAST TRUE STORY I'LL EVER TELL by John Crawford A National Guardsman who never expected to see battle writes a shattering account of the war that changed his life.

LOVE MY RIFLE MORE THAN YOU by Kayla Williams Ambivalent about war and her comrades ("a sea of nervy, hyped-up guys"), the ex-sergeant chronicles her yearlong deployment.

JUST ANOTHER SOLDIER by Jason Christopher Hartley Sharing the title of Hartley's candid, profanity-laced blog, his memoir exposes the tedium of war and the slow disillusionment of a veteran infantryman.

MY WAR by Colby Buzzell A skateboarder who lived with his parents before joining the Army, Buzzell tells the story of his year in Iraq with a steeliness that's both sincere and chilling.

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