Name That Author!: September 11, 2012

This special edition of Name That Author! is sponsored by Fobbit by David Abrams.

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 an office 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 the chow 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.


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1. I changed my middle name to honor my late mother.

2. The Nazis publicly banned and burned my work.

3. Even though I fought for Germany in World War I.

4. My most famous novel has been adapted for film twice, and one of those adaptations won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


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