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Birth of a Warrior
Ten Weeks in Basic Training
Raymond McCrea Jones

2015 • 216 pp. 228 color photos 9 x 7"
Military Pictorial History / Military Biography / Photoessays & Documentaries

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-764-4

“The book is an astonishing document of the “civilian-to-soldier” transformation of these men, an insightful and meaningful observation of a world most of us never see.”—Atlanta Arts

Follow an Army company through basic training, the core experience at the heart of becoming a soldier

Following a commercial assignment at Fort Benning, Georgia, photographer Raymond Jones, who had no previous military experience, became fascinated by the singular rite of passage known as boot camp, by which ordinary citizens are turned into military instruments.

The stunning photographs in Birth of a Warrior chronicle the transformation of 162 young men from across the country into U.S. Army Delta Company 2/47. From four in the morning until late at night, through arrival, processing, outfitting, marching, inspection, drill, physical training, combat training, and live-fire exercises, Jones documents an astonishing metamorphosis. Granted unprecedented access to the lives of these recruits and the NCOs responsible for their basic training, he photographs everything from their first haircuts to the tossing of their caps at graduation. Birth of a Warrior is both their story and our story: a profound look at the culture and humanity of those who we ask to go off to war.

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“A superb photographic record of the preparation and training of Company 2/47 as they prepare for active duty.”
Books Monthly

RAYMOND MCCREA JONES is an award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker whose editorial and commercial photography has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Forbes, Hollywood Reporter, Entrepreneur, Stern, Delta, and more. Formerly on staff at the New York Times, he now lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

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