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Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Countryby Benjamin Tupper
Synopses & Reviews
"Raw, direct, and powerful...This work is vitally important."
-Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio
Captain Benjamin Tupper spent a year in Afghanistan in an Embedded Training Team, tasked with training, leading in combat, and mentoring the Afghan Army to victory against the brutal Taliban. Writing and recording from a remote outpost, Tupper's dispatches were posted on the blog The Sandbox and broadcast on NPR, bringing vivid snapshots of America's longest ongoing war to a wide audience back home.
Here, he takes us inside the intricacies of the war, opening up a unique and multifaceted view of both Afghan culture and the daily life of an American soldier. From the rush of gunfire to surreal, euphoric moments of cross-cultural understanding, this emotional and thought- provoking narrative is rich with humor, eloquence and contradiction. Deeply personal and darkly funny, Tupper illuminates the challenges of the war, vividly bringing to life both the mundane and the extraordinary and seeking a way forward.
"This collection of blog entries that Captain Tupper wrote during his year-long deployment offers a scattershot view of the minutia of being deployed in Afghanistan rather than the munitions. In these short entries, Tupper covers such unexpected terrain as the importance of Pop-tarts (as a reward to local children for information), the value of a good haircut (which offers a rare female touch), and the differences between summer and winter warfare. He shares the many nicknames he's earned, such as Captain Prozac, Captain Care Bear, and Ring (short for ringworm), and jokes that importing Italian and Brazilian women to the country would cure sexually-frustrated Taliban soldiers, liberate repressed Afghani women, and ultimately end the war. Tupper hits a somewhat more resonant note when he ponders the careless but successful command mission that made him a hero, compared to his friend 'Deg,' who followed the rules and died anyway, leaving him with 'a sense of remorse that maybe the wrong guy made it home.' Once home, Tupper continues his blog, relaying the dissolution of his marriage with sobering tones and touches of the jargon ('We had to embrace the suck') that lends so much personality to this timely chronicle." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Captain Tupper spent a year in Afghanistan in an Embedded Training Team. Here, he takes readers inside the intricacies of the war, opening up a unique and multifaceted view of both Afghan culture and the daily life of an American soldier.
"Raw, direct, and powerful...This work is vitally important." -Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio
Benjamin Tupper takes us inside the intricacies of the war, opening up a unique and multifaceted view of Afghan culture and warfare, and illuminates the challenges of the war, vividly bringing to life both the mundane and the extraordinary and the search for a way forward.
About the Author
Benjamin Tupper received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantrymen Badge for his service in Afghanistan. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Syracuse, NY.
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