Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir "Kaboom, "based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the "New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, "and "Boston Review, "among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
Military Review, March/April 2011
“Insightful, colorful, and at times irreverent…An excellent snapshot of a junior officer embroiled in a counterinsurgency fight…An exceptionally engaging read.”
“Simultaneously blisteringly funny and dead serious.” Smoke, April 2011 “A sardonic, unnerving, one-of-a-kind Iraq war memoir…Kaboom resonates with stoical detachment from and timeless insight into a war that we are still trying to understand.” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/13/11
“Gallagher's writing is raw and uncensored, and also very good. In the midst of a war we're still struggling to understand, it's a privilege to understand very well at least one person's part in it.”
“Irreverent, terrifying, and very humorous, Gallagher’s book will make some people angry, and will validate the suppositions of others.”
Blogcritics.org, 2/13/12 “Gallagher pins down the modern-day experience of war and its maze of contradictions…A gutsy, keenly observed tale.”