Friday, September 16, 2005

CBFTW: after His War

I started this blog a year ago because I came across the most amazing blog called 'My War' subtitled Fear and loathing in Iraq. The blog was written by CBFTW; the first two letters stand for his name and it doesn't take much imagination to figure out the other three.

The reason I started the blog is because that was the only way to post a comment at My War.

His writng was very much Gonzo style stream of conciousness; graphic and compelling. This remarkable man became famous in the media as a wartime ground breaker. He finally shut down the blog because it was interfering with his job as a machine gunner in the Stryker Brigade in Mousul. My favorite post was one he called Men in Black. I was actually sweating after reading it.

He also forced the Pentagon to look at this new military phenomenon and finally set some ground rules for Soldiers blogging from a war zone.

He's now back from Iraq and has a successful book to be published in October, called of course My War: Killing Time In Iraq. From what I have read at his blog it's sure to be an amazing no holds barred book about the War in Iraq. You can check out the archive for his very first post in June 2004 at: http://cbftw.blogspot.com/ You can read a review of the book here:http://kimponders.blogspot.com/2005/08/from-blog-to-book-my-war-by-colby.html

Today I was amazed to get an e-mail from him. He's going back and reading all of his e-mails and answering every one of them. Ya gotta love it! Here's what he wrote:


Jim,
You probably dont remember me, but i was a soldier in Iraq who did the
blog cbftw.blogspot.com, you sent me an email while I was over there,
but since my time at the internet cafe was limited, and volume of
email I recieved while over there I was unable to respond back, and I
apoligize for that, I'm going thru all my emails and re reading them
and trying to respond back to everybody who sent me an email, I know
I'm a little late (like almost a year late) but hopefully later is
better than never, attatched is the email you sent me since you prob
forgot what you wrote, I just wanted to drop an email back to you and
say thanks for the email and words of support you sent me while I was
over there, it really did helped me alot when I was over there.
thank you
-colby Buzzell


The guy is a class act. Now to get the book.

5 comments:

JohnnyML said...

Full disclosure- I work for Colby's publisher [Putnam]
If you'd like an advance copy, I'd be happy to send you one. It's an amazing book, and I think you will love it. And If you want to review it on your blog, great.

Best-
John Lawton
Penguin Group USA
John.Lawton@us.penguin group.com

Kat said...

ARgh! If only i wasn't broke....
:-( I just LOVED CB's blog...and yes, I remember the "Men in Black" post!!!! riveting. CB was the first milblog I ever found...soon followed by Sgt. Missick @ A line in the sand, and American Soldier (whose book will be out in December, BTW)... and now a whole host of others (including T6, God bless him!).

Yay for CB, and best wishes for MUCH MUCH SUCCESS ALWAYS!!!! :-)

heather said...

i think your book is awesome!! i wish my boyfriend was keeping a blog while he is in iraq. it would make me feel tons better, but then i'd probably be glued to the comp. monitor in hopes he would make a new entry. anyway, i think you're great. good luck in all you do, and thank you for all you have done.

heather

www.myspace.com/heather0o7

heather said...

i think your book is awesome!! i wish my boyfriend was keeping a blog while he is in iraq. it would make me feel tons better, but then i'd probably be glued to the comp. monitor in hopes he would make a new entry. anyway, i think you're great. good luck in all you do, and thank you for all you have done.

heather

www.myspace.com/heather0o7

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