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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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Overview

When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher began his blog with the aim of keeping his family and friends apprised of his experiences, he didn't anticipate that it would resonate far beyond his intended audience. His subjects ranged from mission details to immortality, grim stories about Bon Jovi cassettes mistaken for IEDs, and the daily experiences of the Gravediggers-the code name for members of Gallagher's platoon. When the blog was shut down in June 2008 by the U.S. Army, there were more than twentyfive congressional inquiries regarding the matter as well as reports through the military grapevine that many high-ranking officials and officers at the Pentagon were disappointed that the blog had been ordered closed.Based on Gallagher's extraordinarily popular blog, Kaboom is "at turns hilarious, maddening, and terrifying," providing "raw and insightful snapshots of a conflict many Americans have lost interest in" (Washington Post). Like Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, Gallagher's Kaboom resonates with stoic detachment and timeless insight into a war that we are still trying to understand.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306819674
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 546,406
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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