Author: Joseph Kassabian
Genre: Nonfiction / War Memoir
Rating: 4 stars
During the peak years of the Afghanistan War, a group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Mismanaged and overlooked by command, how they survive is largely up to them. In the birthplace of the Taliban, some men lose their sanity, others their humanity. They are The Hooligans.
Written in the months and years following his deployment, Joseph Kassabian recounts his time in the isolated and dangerous country of Afghanistan. Pulling no punches, The Hooligans of Kandahar is a sobering, saddening, and often sarcastic first-hand account of America’s War on Terror.
Review: I really couldn't put this book down, it had everything I expected and more. A group of soldiers is dropped by helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City, and are largely left to their own devices to survive. It's a story with likeable and convincing characters, some not so likeable characters, with tragedy and humor, and with excellent writing.