Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

by Matt Gallagher

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Based on Captain Matt Gallagher's controversial and popular blog, which the U.S. Army shut down in June 2008, "Kaboom" is a sardonic, unnerving, one-of-a-kind Iraq war memoir. "At turns hilarious, maddening and terrifying," providing "raw and insightful snapshots of conflict" ("Washington Post"), "Kaboom" resonates with stoical detachment from and timeless insight into a war that we are still trying to understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306819674
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 646,833
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)

About the Author

Matt Gallagher joined the Army in 2005 and left in 2009 following a fifteen-month tour in Iraq. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Youngblood. Originally from Reno, Nevada, he now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Maps ix

Intrologue xi

I The Red, the White, and the Emo: (or American Boy Escapes) Winter 2007-2008 1

II Embrace the Suck: (or Narrative of a Counterinsurgent) Spring 2008 57

III iWar: (or The Lost Summer) Summer 2008 123

IV Across the River and Far Away: (or Redemption's Grunt) Autumn 2008 191

V Stepsons of Iraq: (or A Short-timer's Promenade) Winter 2008-2009 239

Exit Strategy 289

Acknowledgments 293

Index 295

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