Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

Matt Gallagher


When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher begun his web publication with the purpose of maintaining his friends and family apprised of his studies, he didn’t expect that it'll resonate a ways past his meant viewers. His matters ranged from project information to immortality, grim tales approximately Bon Jovi cassettes unsuitable for IEDs, and the day-by-day stories of the Gravediggers—the code identify for contributors of Gallagher’s platoon. whilst the web publication was once close down in June 2008 through the U.S. military, there have been greater than twentyfive congressional inquiries concerning the subject in addition to reviews in the course of the army grapevine that many high-ranking officers and officials on the Pentagon have been upset that the weblog were ordered closed.

Based on Gallagher’s terribly well known web publication, Kaboom is “at turns hilarious, maddening, and terrifying,” offering “raw and insightful snapshots of a clash many americans have misplaced curiosity in” (Washington Post). Like Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead, Gallagher’s Kaboom resonates with stoic detachment and undying perception right into a conflict that we're nonetheless attempting to understand.

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