Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

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.

Title:Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780306818806
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  • Troy

    wow, i couldnt disagree with the other review any more. im a huge military buff - Nam vet - and when my brother brought an advanced copy of Kaboom home to me from the bookstore he works at, was excite...

  • Nicholas Carpenito

    As other military folks on here have said, the brilliance of this book is that the Gallagher really conveys the military mindset to the reader. It's not a pile of self righteous garbage, it's not a p...

  • Mike

    As a staff officer in a combat arms branch of the Army, I really appreciated Gallagher's insights into both of those positions. Kaboom addresses some of the issues that I see in the military, such as ...

  • Chris

    A philosophy major becomes a warrior and his idealism meets or should I say crashes into the stark reality of not only war but bureaucracy as well. Lt G becomes Captain G in his deployment to Iraq. He...

  • Richard Farnsworth

    As an IRAQI Freedom vet myself, I identified rather well with this book. An excellent example of what the soldiers who fight our wars go through. I deployed as a Major, so I was a little higher in the...

  • Michael Flanagan

    This book was a rarity for me it as it now belongs to a hand full of books I could not finish. No that’s a tad unfair it was a book I could NOT be bothered finishing. From the outset I found myself ...

  • Matthew

    The quote on the cover of the paperback edition says "As funny as it is harrowing." I found it to be neither.Gallagher doesn't give even one first hand account of any firefight that turned out to be a...

  • Nate

    Ghallaher provides insight into the war in Iraq from the soldiers perspective. This isn't a glory story, an adventure story, or a political story, it’s a description of the men, the circumstances su...

  • Gamespacenl

    Engaging personal story from a LT, later captain in the US Army serving in Iraq/Baghdad. ...

  • Scott

    I really enjoyed the most honest and raw moments....and I appreciated reading the perspective of a junior officer in the field. I was a bit put off by sections which seemed more self-conscious of tryi...