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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.
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"[An] important collection...His observations are frank, insightful, and offer a detailed account of the current situation in a theater where American soldiers are giving their lives right now. Anyone who wants a better understanding of what is happening in Afghanistan should read this book....Tupper's writing is superb. Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo belongs on bookshelves alongside such well-received works as Flags of Our Fathers and Battle Cry of Freedom."
-New York Journal of Books
"Ragged frontline chaos ... fill[s] the pages of Capt. Tupper's new memoir..."
-The New York Post
"A penetrating look at life deep inside Afghanistan and way outside the wire. Tupper's timing is right, and readers will appreciate the context he provides for the new stories we will be reading soon."
-Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury and the Sandbox
"Tupper's got as good a view as anybody of, as he puts it, the 'tip of the counterinsurgency spear' on the ground in Afghanistan... An interesting look at the culture clashes between U.S. soldiers, Afghan soldiers, and Afghan civilians..."
"...Very powerful, important and penetrating, and I really do urge people to pick it up"
-Joe Donahue, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
"Tupper is a true grunt. He has that crazy, infectious sense of humor based on the absurd, grasps the poignancy without sentimentalism, and tells the reader straight up how it is to be a grunt adviser in the zany land of Afghanistan."
-Bing West, author of The Village
helped me the pass the time in Afghanistan when we were hurrying up to waitPublished 8 months ago by stephen ware
Nothing particularly revelatory here. Kind of "I went to Afghanistan, was bored, so I wrote a book."Published 9 months ago by JoyBoy
Mr. Tupper provides new insights (for me) into the Afghanistan war and people. His experiences embedded with the Afghan National Army were much different than that of a regular... Read morePublished 14 months ago by trav2000
As an Afghan veteran myself, and suffering the effects of PTSD, I am just now, almost five years out, beginning to read about and study the war. Read morePublished 16 months ago by wm
every American should read this book. Should be required reading in high schools every where. very well written. accurate portralyalPublished 18 months ago by Scott Mallory
I bought this book several months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It talks about life as a soldier in one of America's "Forgotten" Wars. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mike T.
For anyone serving during the Vietnam war, you will, after reading this very good book, get the sense of "deja vu". Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ron M
Despite the fact that the Afghanistan conflict was over a decade old, I hadn't run across a lot of book memoirs. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rob Fitzgibbon