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By John Keegan

ISBN-10: 0307828573

ISBN-13: 9780307828576

The acclaimed writer of The Face of conflict examines facilities of clash in quite a few various societies and cultures.

"Keegan is straight away the main readable and the main unique of dwelling army historians . . . A background of war might be the main extraordinary examine of war that has but been written." --The ny occasions e-book assessment.

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They’re not out of their minds and writing in a diary and they’re not watching their holiday spirit coagulating in a spoon. I didn’t speak to a single person today…I thought of calling Bob Timmons, but why should I ruin his Christmas? I guess I’ve decided to start another diary this time for a few different reasons… 1. I have no friends left. 2. So I can read back and remember what I did the day before. 3. So if I die, at least I leave a paper trail of my life (nice lil suicide note). Merry Christmas…it’s just you and me, diary.

I was stubborn, strong-willed and always willing to put myself in harm’s way for the betterment of chaos, confusion and rebellion–all the traits that made me famous and later infamous. The ingredients for success and failure all wrapped up in a nice package with the emotional stability of a Molotov cocktail. Then when I moved to LA in the late ’70s and discovered cocaine, it only amplified these charming characteristics. I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb But alcohol, acid, cocaine…they were just affairs.

These diaries start on Christmas Day 1986, but that day wasn’t even that special. I was an addict well before then, and stayed one for a while afterwards. Perhaps that day just brought my condition home to me. There is something about spending Christmas alone, naked, sitting by the Christmas tree gripping a shotgun, that lets you know your life is spinning dangerously outta control. I’m a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm People over the years have tried to soften the blow by saying maybe being in Mötley Crüe turned me into an addict…but I don’t think it did.

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