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 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.
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.”