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Fobbit - David Abrams
Fobbit
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Fobbit ’fä-bit, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s... show more
Fobbit ’fä-bit, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield – where people eat and sleep, and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox and watching NASCAR between missions, and a lot of the senior staff are more concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategy.Darkly humorous and based on the author's own experiences in Iraq, Fobbit is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind-the-scenes portrait of the real Iraq war.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802120328 (0802120326)
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
3.0 Fobbit
Full of sarcasm and snark, politics and profanity, I neither loved nor hated reading Fobbit. I laughed aloud once, but other than that, I had no real reaction. Maybe it's too cynical for my tastes. Maybe it's because I recently learned that I lost a student to an IED in OEF, and I can't appreciate A...
Raging Biblioholism
Raging Biblioholism rated it
4.0 Fobbit
Yeah, it is sort of the "Catch-22" for the Iraq War - but it also isn't. But it mostly is.It's funny, it's smart, it's a little bit bottom heavy in terms of the satire... but mostly, it just tells it like it absolutely must've been over there during the war. On all sides of the American force - fr...
mtw1tter
mtw1tter rated it
3.0 Fobbit
Reads more like The Office in army fatigue
Mining the Depths
Mining the Depths rated it
5.0
I bought it early, but now it's released it's a good fifteen cents cheaper, and I am bitter. I don't particularly like M.A.S.H. but this was a great read.
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