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Kaboom

Embracing the Suck in A Savage Little War

Gallagher, Matt

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2010
ISBN: 0306818809
9780306818806
Branch Call Number: 956.704434092 G1627k 2010
Characteristics: xv, 310 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm

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"Lt. Gallagher arrived in Iraq in 2007 and promptly started to blog about it; his site became widely read by soldiers. It was ordered shut down in 2008 but was part of the cultural shift that by the next year embraced blogging by soldiers. Here, his exceptional narrative technique makes the ... Read More »


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