Kaboom

Kaboom

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 29mm | 324g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • 0552164003
  • 9780552164009
  • 790,976

Review quote

"At turns hilarious, maddening and terrifying" * Washington Post * "Brutally honest" * Wired.com * "As funny as it is harrowing" * Entertainment Weekly * "[Kaboom is] surely the Jarhead of the second Gulf war" -- Patrick Hennessey, author of "The Junior Officers' Reading Club" "Insightful, colorful, and at times irreverent... An excellent snapshot of a junior officer embroiled in a counterinsurgency fight... An exceptionally engaging read" * Military Review *show more

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.show more

Review Text

"Insightful, colorful, and at times irreverent... An excellent snapshot of a junior officer embroiled in a counterinsurgency fight... An exceptionally engaging read"show more

Back cover copy

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 recognized 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. 'At turns hilarious, maddening and terrifying' Washington Post 'Brutally honest' Wired.comshow more

Rating details

498 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 28% (139)
4 39% (194)
3 25% (124)
2 6% (29)
1 2% (12)
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