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Grove Press, Black Cat
<DIV><B><I>Fobbit</I> \’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.</B><BR><BR>In the satirical tradition of <I>Catch-22</I> and <I>M*A*S*H</I>, <I>Fobbit</I> 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 the chow hall in time for the Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategy.<br><BR>Darkly humorous and based on the author's own experiences in Iraq, <I>Fobbit</I> is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind-the-scenes portrait of the real Iraq war.<BR></DIV>