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.
©2010 Benjamin Tupper (P)2010 Tantor
"Raw, direct, and powerful.... This work is vitally important." (Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio)
A book that will open your eyes and allow you to understand the war in Afghanistan.
The book is an entry point into America's war in Afghanistan as well as into the afghani culture. I found myself not wanting it to end.
The last bit of the book when the author describes PTSD was just brilliant in its ability to explain a concept most people cannot grasp for lack of a personal experience. Having a clearer picture of what our vets are going thought when the come home from deployment has made me look at military personnel in a different light.
Overall the book is an easy and fun read it will show you the good and the bad of life in a war zone. The author has an incredible ability to draw you in!
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