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Kaboom By Matt Gallagher

by Matt Gallagher

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Iraq, late 2007. Lieutenant Matt Gallagher encounters a world where nothing is as it seems. Matt Gallagher's response was to write an on-line journal (called "Kaboom") which quickly went viral. "Kaboom" was shut down by the US Army in June 2008. This title paints a shockingly original portrait of a savage war the world is struggling to understand.
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Kaboom by Matt Gallagher

Iraq, late 2007. Lieutenant Matt Gallagher arrives just as US policy shifts from lethal operations to counter-insurgency. He encounters a world where nothing is as it seems. Friends are enemies, reconciliation is war, roads are bombs and silence is deadly. Nothing left to do except 'embrace the suck'...and blog about it. Matt Gallagher's response was to write an on-line journal (called "Kaboom") which quickly went viral. Read by thousands of soldiers who recognised its unflinchingly honest portrayal of the real war, as well as high-ranking Pentagon officials and interested parties around the world, "Kaboom" was shut down by the US Army in June 2008. Now you can read the whole story, based on that brilliant, acerbic, banned blog. "Kaboom" paints a shockingly original and uncompromising portrait of a savage war the world is still struggling to understand.

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Kaboom Reviews

"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.""Entertainment Weekly "Online," "4/7/11"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.", 6/5/11"Irreverent, terrifying, and very humorous, Gallagher's book will make some people angry, and will validate the suppositions of others.""Bangkok Post "(Thailand)," "8/14/11"Gallagher's compelling work...offers the reader an unfiltered, brutally honest look into the life of a young lieutenant struggling to bring some semblance of security and stability to a very unsecure and unstable place." "Portland"" Book Review," 9/17/11"Gallagher's unbridled candor recounting his time in Iraq is shocking, frightening and at times, deals with the mundane rigors of army life, but is ultimately to be commended...A compelling read... "Kaboom" allows the reader to ride alongside an officer's day to day life in a war zone.", 9/19/11 "Gallagher's "Kaboom," simply stated, will likely be remembered as the quintessential memoir of his generation's combat experiences, particularly in Iraq. Not only does it successfully combine the finest authorial innovations of blogging with finest aspects of traditional memoir writing, but it easily and slyly avoids the traps of each as well. It is unabashedly self-centered and self-aware, but manages to sound anything but self-absorbed. It is full of pop culture references, cl

About Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher joined the US Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armoured cavalry. Following a 15-month deployment in Iraq, Gallagher left the army in 2009. He now lives in New York City.

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Kaboom by Matt Gallagher
Matt Gallagher
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