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Adrian Bonenberger graduated from Yale, but took a path less travelled, joining the military. After enduring infantry, airborne, and Ranger training and deploying twice to combat in Afghanistan, Bonenberger decided to catalogue his evolution as a human through war. Drawing on journal entries, letters, phone calls and emails, Bonenberger brings readers through his ...more
Paperback, 1st, 340 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Head & the Hand Press
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Page Terror
Mar 24, 2014 Page Terror rated it really liked it
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Afghan Post is an epistolary memoir that is admirable in both intent and execution. I rarely read epistolary novels anymore, unless they were written in or before the nineteenth century, and to my knowledge they are not frequently produced. However, having recently completed two years worth of research on the development of war literature surrounding the Wars with Napoleonic and Revolutionary France, I was intrigued to see that a novel within my own l
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A.M.D. Hays
Mar 08, 2014 A.M.D. Hays rated it it was amazing
Bonenberger's riveting memoir of his experiences before and during his two deployments to Afghanistan kept me up at night on numerous occasions--I just couldn't put it down. Adrian's intelligent and thoughtful analysis of the history behind the war in Afghanistan as well as his desire to see the conflict conducted in an honorable fashion make an engrossing backdrop for what is essentially a bold and poignant analysis of his motivations, passions, fear and courage.

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Kat
Oct 31, 2016 Kat rated it it was amazing
Beautiful
Charlie Sherpa
Jan 22, 2016 Charlie Sherpa rated it it was amazing
Distilling e-mails, journal entries, and letters he wrote home into new content, former U.S. Army Infantry officer Adrian Bonenberger has crafted a memoir of his journey from unfocused East Coast adolescent, to American warrior in the Middle East, to veteran returning home. The 414-page book is presented as a series of letters—the technical term is an "epistolary"—through which Bonenberger addresses with family and friends his evolving experiences and opinions about military service.

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Frank
Apr 12, 2014 Frank rated it liked it
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. Many thanks - please send more!

Adrian Bonenberger had originally wanted to apply to West Point but was dissuaded from doing so. After graduating from Yale in 2002 with a BA in English, he taught for a time in Japan and returned to the US with a plan to attend law school. But November of 2004 found him in an army recruiting office discussing Officer Candidate School.

Family and friends were shocked, and maybe this book is Bonenberger's atte
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Jeff
Feb 24, 2015 Jeff rated it it was ok
This book felt like a missed opportunity to me. The author clearly has some things to say about the war in Afghanistan, why we went there, the proper way to stage a counter-insurgency, and the general effects of life in the military. But he gets derailed by a couple of things. First, the format of letters and journal entries did not work for me. I found it jarring, disconnected, and not authentic. If he’d simply written a memoir or a long essay I think it would have worked better. Second, he ...more
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