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Greetings From Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451231430
  • ASIN: B004HEXSNG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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..."
-Newsweek.com

"...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

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It's the story of the embedded experience, told personally and well.
JuliaC
I stumbled by accident on this book "Greetings from Afghanistan" and downloaded the free sample, I was hook and bought it and very happy I did.
John Blommers
Good writing -- interesting topic presented in a thoughtful, proper manner.
G. Griffin

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Blommers on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was the first ebook I ever downloaded on my new ____, and unlike anything I would have ever picked on my own in the past. Being worried for and about a close relative heading over to Afghanistan I was just looking for something to understand "why" we are still over there and "why" we just can't end this all now and have our boys home. I stumbled by accident on this book "Greetings from Afghanistan" and downloaded the free sample, I was hook and bought it and very happy I did. I understand a lot better, and actually enjoyed reading about Afghan culture and the daily life of an American soldier. My hope too like one other reviewer posted, that my dear relatives comes back "whole and mostly healthy" as well. *fingers crossed* and prayers are sent his way everyday! Highly
Recommend for Everyone! ~Teresa Blommers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JuliaC on November 30, 2010
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Tupper writes a heartfelt and thoughtful memoir about his time in Afghanistan in a training team embedded with the Afghan National Army. This aspect of the war in Afghanistan has not been covered in the general news, yet it is arguably one of the most important missions toward the overall goal of internal security for Afghanistan.

Tupper shows how the experiences of an embedded trainer are much different than that of the typical infantry soldier in Afghanistan. His observations about the vast gulf between American and Afghan culture are astute, and the human element is prominent throughout.

This is not a 'battle story' nor is it a political story. It's the story of the embedded experience, told personally and well. Some of the scenes he describes will linger on your mind for days.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Snapper D. on June 11, 2010
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Tupper sure knows how to dish it out. Scrambled? There are plenty of military mix ups and realities whipped into bizarre fare to go around.

Poached? Lug 70 pounds of gear through 100 degree days; Afghanistan slow cooks your body and mind. Add the salt of sweat stinging your eyes and your cracked lips.

Sunnyside-uppers know you can't survive combat duty without a streak of humor, be it wry, sly or outrageous; Tupper gives you more than your fill.

For most of us, raw repels. Hey, that's what unsugar-coated, ungarnished war does. Tupper doesn't shy away from the raw truth about his war experience, complete with that nasty aftertaste-- ptsd.

With bruising honesty, he serves it all up. Antacid Alert: The book is about a war in Afghanistan, which history shows tends to repeat on you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Eaton on September 11, 2011
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What started out as a purchase with thoughts of guts and glory became a road travelled with Mr Tupper, that paints this conflict in a new light. It's not cram packed with daring do's of Allied troops and night time secret missions, but rather the enormity of the situation that he was thrust into. Two Americans, seemingly placed at random, in amongst a couple of hundred local Afghans and told,"Make them into a credible fighting unit from the officers to the squaddies." Couple that with Tupper's quite often hilarious renditions of cultural - see Brazilian/ Italian/ Russian brides to cure the conflict; target practice and fieldsmanship badges- to the toll it took on those ETT's, equipped with less and told to do more than one would hope for. After all, haven't the allies been all about raising a local army, equipping them with the right gear and right training to tackle whatever enemies of the state there are? Tucker is certainly not angelic and neither does he walk on water throughout; he expresses doubt, anger and frustration at the ineptitude above him and admires the bravery of the men he's been placed among to mentor.

In all, I put the book down having read a man's journey with other men in a country that was foreign to all and yet to mix metaphors, all spoke the same language and shared the common interests (think of music) and then the axe came down and Tupper was extracted from his environment and told to go home.

A good book. A worthwhile read and a tale of Afghans in their army through the eyes of an alien who brought the phrase, Embrace the suck, to my vocabulary to use in the business world.

Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Rico on June 6, 2010
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Captain Tupper brings wit, insight, and compassion to illustrating the war in Afghanistan...a profoundly engrossing read that is simultaneously important and entertaining.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason Daniels on June 3, 2011
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This book is at best OK. Basically, it is the day to day vague stories from an Army Captain. He did his job well, but the stories are very vague as far as the fight scenes go. If you want to read a journal entry from someones diary, then this is a good one for you. I have been to Adghanistan twice and Iraq three times. I sure as heck had a lot more in my daily journals than this guy did.

On the postive side, I can truly relate to this warriors transition back into normal life. Bravo Zulu from a Marine Combat Corpsman!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Griffin on January 2, 2011
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Good writing -- interesting topic presented in a thoughtful, proper manner. I am certain Mr. Tupper saw many more gruesome things than he recited in this book, but he presented his views in a readable fashion without sugar-coating them. The war is dreadful, he presented it, but did not make it into a "Saving Sgt. Ryan" shock factor book. Easy to read, even for those who do not like to read, and helps those of us not on the front lines to understand what is really happening.
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