Matt Gallagher was an army platoon leader in Iraq eight years ago. During his 15-month deployment, he wrote an irreverent blog called Kaboom, about daily life in the military. His posts were originally intended for family and friends, but he soon gained a larger audience. The army eventually shut the blog down.
But Gallagher kept on writing. He turned his posts into a memoir and contributes to the “At War” blog of The New York Times. Now, he’s out with his first novel. It’s about a young American lieutenant who becomes obsessed with investigating the mysterious death of another soldier. Guest host Susan Page has a conversation with Gallagher about his new book.