The full title of this books is The 188th Crybaby Brigade: a Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah -- a Memoir
. The author is an aspiring stand-up comedian who, at age 24 and with his career not going anywhere, immigrated to Israel and joined the army there. His book chronicles his experiences in a mostly humorous way. It's often truly laugh-out-loud funny but he's also got some serious things to say. ( Read more...Collapse )
Other topics the author covers, with humor and insight, include: race relations in Israel, differences (and similarities) in Jewish religious expression between the US and Israel, military ethics, sex roles and sexism in the army, and attitudes about the Holocaust. There are a lot of deep and serious insights in this volume. At the same time I dare you to go three pages without laughing.
I got it at my library. (Doran's reading it now, but I'll return it soon). I'm sure it's at yours, too.