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Kaboom : embracing the suck in a savage little war

Author: Matt Gallagher; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2010.
Series: Brooks E. Kleber memorial readings in military history
Edition/Format:   eVideo : National government publication : English
Database:WorldCat
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When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher first arrived in Iraq in 2007, it was all too surreal. In the midst of a shift in U.S. policy from lethal operations to counterinsurgency, he encountered a world where nothing was as it appeared. Friends were enemies, reconciliation was war, roads were bombs, and silence was deadly. But it was all too real, and there was nothing left to do except learn to "embrace the suck"--And write  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Matt Gallagher; Matt Gallagher
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Gallagher; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
OCLC Number: 662509489
Notes: Lecture held August 5, 2010 in Ridgway Hall, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Title from title frames (viewed Sept. 7, 2010).
Presentation based on: Kaboom : embracing the suck in a savage little war, by Matt Gallagher.
Performer(s): Presenter, Matt Gallagher.
Description: 1 streaming video file (61 min.) : digital, WMV file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet from U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center web site. Windows Media Player required.
Series Title: Brooks E. Kleber memorial readings in military history
Responsibility: Matt Gallagher.

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When Lieutenant Matt Gallagher first arrived in Iraq in 2007, it was all too surreal. In the midst of a shift in U.S. policy from lethal operations to counterinsurgency, he encountered a world where nothing was as it appeared. Friends were enemies, reconciliation was war, roads were bombs, and silence was deadly. But it was all too real, and there was nothing left to do except learn to "embrace the suck"--And write about it. Matt Gallagher started a blog that quickly became a popular hit. Read by thousands of soldiers who found in it their war, the real war, the blog covered everything from grim stories about Bon Jovi cassettes mistaken for IEDs to the daily experiences of the Gravediggers - the code name for members of Gallagher's platoon. When the blog was shut down in June 2008 by the U.S. Army, questions were raised in the halls of Congress, and a few eyebrows were raised at the Pentagon.

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