Fobbit

Fobbit

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Fobbit \'f#65533;-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 a desk 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 thechow 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.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780802120328
Branch Call Number: ABR
Characteristics: 372 pages ;,21 cm

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BookReviewer2015 Dec 28, 2012

Excellent book. One of the best satires of 2012!

Just like MASH, Catch 22, and so forth this is a darkly humourous and satirical look at those who work on the Forward Operating Base in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. Abrams blends fact and fiction, in showing us what it was like to be Army Political Information officer. Watch out for references to The Hobbit.

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Dec 17, 2012

"Life for him was a constant balancing act between disrespect and career preservation."

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