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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2010
"Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War" - a new Iraq war memoir by Matt Gallagher.
When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher first arrived in Iraq in 2007, it was all too surreal. In the midst of a shift in U.S. policy from lethal operations to counterinsurgency, he encountered a world where nothing was as it appeared. Friends were enemies, reconciliation was war, roads were bombs, and silence was deadly. But it was all too real, and there was nothing left to do except learn to "embrace the suck."
And write about it.
Based on Gallagher's wildly popular blog, "Kaboom" resonates with ironic detachment from - and intimate yet timeless insight into - a war Americans are still trying to understand. His extraordinary literary style, graceful narrative, and penetrating wit capture the voice of a generation of soldiers, the quirkiness of military life, and the soul of a war.