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Fobbit by David Abrams
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Jul 23, 2012

really liked it

This is a solid book about the Iraq War. It is about life in the forward operating base (FOB). Soldiers who work in the forward in the FOB are derisively called FOBBITs by soldiers on the front lines; the irony of the Iraq War is that during occupations there are no front lines. Abrams makes the solid decision in this make this a novel of the language used in the war. There are emails, press releases, letters in care packages, speeches to the troops,complaints, commendations, bullshit, rumors, and all of the scattered genres of noise and language that make up the war. The contemporary war may not be a war of front lines, supply lines, and trenches, but like war from the Illiad on forward it is a war of langauge. Here Abrams shows the collateral damage not only if IEDs but also spin.

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