Book Review: The Hooligans of Kandahar by Joseph Kassabian

Title: The Hooligans of Kandahar
Author: Joseph Kassabian
Genre: Nonfiction, War Memoir
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

In The Hooligans of Kandahar, author Joseph Kassabian talks about his time as a soldier during the war in Afghanistan. A group of soldiers is dropped by a helicopter into the remote mountains outside of Kandahar City. Overlooked by command, and mismanaged, their survival is entirely up to them. Some lose their sanity, some their humanity, but no one leaves unscathed.

The story isn’t sensationalized, nothing like Rambo or half a dozen other action movies. It feels real and raw, and as such, holds a lot more merit. It talks about struggles, not just to survive, but to hang on to the things that make us human. It talks about finding hope when hope is lost, about being strong in the face of perils, about not giving up.

Despite the often grim subject matter, the book still manages to be humorous and witty at times, and it’s an interesting experience to read through this book. Wrong and right, good and evil, books like this one put all of that in perspective. An intriguing rollercoaster of a book that visits almost the entire emotional spectrum.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Hooligans of Kandahar

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for nonfiction / war memoir “The Hooligans of Kandahar”. The tour runs from June 12 to July 12.

Tour Schedule

June 12th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

June 12th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

June 14th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

June 15th:  Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

June 16th: Book Excerpt @ Mythical Books

June 18th: Book Excerpt @ The Resistance

June 20th: Promo Post @ Books are Forever

June 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Books, Authors & Publishing 411

June 24th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

June 26th: Promo Post @ Bedazzled Reading

June 28th: Book Review @ Read Day and Night

June 30th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

July 1st: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

July 2nd: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

July 4th:  Book Excerpt @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

July 5th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

July 6th: Promo Post @ Mello & June It’s A Book Thing

July 8th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

July 9th: Book Review @ The Single Librarian

July 10th: Book Excerpt @ Lisa Queen of Random

July 12th:  Promo Post @ The Book Daily

About the Book

Title: The Hooligans of Kandahar

Author: Joseph Kassabian

Genre: Nonfiction / War Memoir

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.

Links

Amazon (eBook)

Amazon (Paperback)