Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country

Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country

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by Benjamin Tupper, Johnny Heller
     
 

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"Raw, direct, and powerful...This work is vitally important."
-Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio

Captain Benjamin Tupper spent a year in Afghanistan in an Embedded Training Team, tasked with training, leading in combat, and mentoring the Afghan Army to victory against the brutal Taliban. Writing and recording from a remote outpost,

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"Raw, direct, and powerful...This work is vitally important."
-Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio

Captain Benjamin Tupper spent a year in Afghanistan in an Embedded Training Team, tasked with training, leading in combat, and mentoring the Afghan Army to victory against the brutal Taliban. Writing and recording from a remote outpost, Tupper's dispatches were posted on the blog The Sandbox and broadcast on NPR, bringing vivid snapshots of America's longest ongoing war to a wide audience back home.

Here, he takes us inside the intricacies of the war, opening up a unique and multifaceted view of both Afghan culture and the daily life of an American soldier. From the rush of gunfire to surreal, euphoric moments of cross-cultural understanding, this emotional and thought- provoking narrative is rich with humor, eloquence and contradiction. Deeply personal and darkly funny, Tupper illuminates the challenges of the war, vividly bringing to life both the mundane and the extraordinary and seeking a way forward.

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"Tupper is a true grunt. He has that crazy, infectious sense of humor based on the absurd...and tells the [listener] straight up how it is to be a grunt adviser in the zany land of Afghanistan." —Bing West, author of The Village

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ISBN-13:
9781400117758
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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From the Publisher
"Tupper is a true grunt. He has that crazy, infectious sense of humor based on the absurd...and tells the [listener] straight up how it is to be a grunt adviser in the zany land of Afghanistan." —-Bing West, author of The Village

Meet the Author

Johnny Heller has narrated some five hundred books and garnered a bunch of swell awards and accolades, including Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, Audie Awards and nominations, AudioFile Earphones Awards, and selection as one of AudioFile magazine's Top Fifty Narrators of the Twentieth Century.

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Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
GramaFrog More than 1 year ago
I was already hooked on Captain Benjamin Tupper's personal story of war, his self-published "Welcome to Afghanistan." "Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo," a significantly expanded version of his story, snagged me--I read it from cover to cover and liked it even more than the first version. Written during and after Captain Tupper's year long deployment to Afghanistan in 2006-2007, it's the story of his experiences as a member of an Embedded Training Team working with a hundred man unit of the Afghan National Army. A compilation of his blogs, some of which he narrated on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, this expanded version is seasoned with even more photographs capturing some of the people and places he encountered. My disclaimer is that I belong to that unenviable group of people who waited at home for a loved one who had gone off to war. When my son was deployed in Afghanistan as an ETT, training, living, and fighting with Afghan soldiers, I had no understanding of what his days and nights were really like; I was reduced to imagining only the worst. Most news stories were two dimensional, flat, and yet capable of striking fear in a mother's heart. A morning news hour without an Afghanistan report made for a good day. Tupper's book is not a war analyzed, it is a war lived. His blogs fill in the blanks. He captures the faces and heart of the people he fought with and against. My imagination goes on hiatus as he reveals a few American soldiers and the Afghan soldiers charged with seeking and fighting the Taliban. Lives in this inhospitable landscape frequently hung in a balance easily tipped by ramshackle machinery, pride, military policy, goof-ups, and the hidden loyalties of natives torn between competing tribal, family, and cultural allegiances. This lively and deeply personal offering is divided into five sections: War Stories; Laughter Is Our Best Defense; Culture Shock; Farewell Fallen Comrades; and Home. There are moments filled with fear, sweat, levity, and shrapnel, hours colored with compassion, self-deprecation, and blood. Tupper fleshes out the days with humor, tactical maneuvers and blunders, brotherhood where you might least expect to find it, and wrenching loss. Sadly, the ending of his story hasn't been played out yet, certainly not today, not in Afghanistan or in the lives of the people the war brought together. Tupper reflects upon whether such a war can ever be won and characterizes the future for some of the soldiers returning from the war as painfully uncertain and often frightening. There are cruel ironies in country and at home. This book made me laugh out loud and shed tears; I muttered a few cuss words, too. But mostly I wanted to touch the shoulder of each of these very real warriors, American and Afghan, alive and gone, and whisper, "Thank you." "Greetings from Afghanistan" shines a light on our humanity and makes the days my son was away more real. He came home whole and mostly healthy. I am grateful that Tupper chose to share even more of his experiences in this expanded book. They bring me closer to my son.
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Couldent finish the book. Too fragmented with no real plot
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