On March 20, 2003, the United States, alongside the UK, Australia and Poland, invades Iraq. The era of history it ushered in changed the lives of the Iraqi people and the forces occupying it. Among other cultural markers, the word “”Fobbit”” came into being.
Fobbit \’fä-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.
Author David Abrams choose this word as the title of his story as a member of the occupying forces in Iraq. With Fobbit, Abrams joins the American literary tradition of satirical observation of its own military culture, which began with works like Catch-22 and M*A*S*H. Fobbit follows the humans within US forces. How they live, what they eat, where they sleep, what Xbox games they prefer, Fobbit brings the reader into the human side of the Iraq War.
Book Title: Fobbit
Book Author: David Abrams
ISBN Number: 0802120326 (ISBN13: 9780802120328)
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