Machete Squad

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Binding:Paperback Original with French Flaps
Published:September 15, 2018

Brent Dulak doesn't want to go to Afghanistan. Haunted by the memories of his two tours in Iraq and burnt out on soldiering, he wants nothing more than to engage in self-destructive behavior. He's a U.S. Army medic who was recently promoted to sergeant, in charge of a team of soldiers whose job it will be to patch up the wounded at a remote outpost as the Americans prepare to turn Kandahar Province over to the Afghan forces. That won't be easy: Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban. It's filled with motivated insurgents, questionable local allies, and countless ways to die. Brutally honest and darkly funny, Machete Squad is the story of a soldier trying to keep people alive as America's longest war rages all around him. He must look out for the welfare of his men and their patients even as he doubts his own abilities—and at times his sanity.

 

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Product Details
  • Subject: War in Afghanistan
  • Paperback Original with French Flaps : 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1682471004
  • ISBN-13: 9781682471005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.625 X 10.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 0 lb
Praise
  • "...This episodic tale of military life has a gritty honesty, like a guy at a dive bar with a story to get off his chest." —Publishers Weekly
  • “A U.S. Army medic cuts to the bone in a graphic memoir that takes full advantage of the form. This book … offers a vivid, terrifying, and often beautiful illumination of one man's cathartic experience in Afghanistan…. Many of the panels have few or no words, letting the art convey the depth of the experience. It's a collaborative effort, with journalists Knodell and Axe—who also teamed up on The 'Stan (2018), another of the first titles from this series—turning Dulak's testimony into a taut narrative that complements the art…. Readers will have a visceral response to the experiences shared by this searing memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
  • Machete Squad succeeds not merely by illustrating the depravity of war but by showing how an individual can find peace in his decisions and actions, regardless of the scenario.” —Foreword Reviews
  • “Ruthless and eye-opening… Machete Squad cuts like a jagged instrument, providing an uncomfortable but essential look at a national wound improperly treated for nearly two decades. It is the grunt’s-eye view of a war most have already forgotten, but one that will define the next generation of military and civilian leaders.” —Col Seth W.B. Folsom USMC, author of Where Youth and Laughter Go: With “The Cutting Edge” in Afghanistan

Brent Dulak grew up in Wisconsin, where he hated his job and decided to join the Army. He deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He's a graduate of University of Washington's School of Medicine and works as an Emergency Medicine Physicians' Assistant in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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