Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Kim Barker

Posted February 25, 2016 by love2dazzle in Non-Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the PR company in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Kim BarkerWhiskey Tango Foxtrot (The Taliban Shuffle MTI) by Kim Barker
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Journalism, Language Arts & Disciplines, Personal Memoirs, Political Science, Security (National & International)
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: the PR company
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two-half-stars

Now a Major Motion Picture titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton. From tea with warlords in the countryside to parties with drunken foreign correspondents in the “dry” city of Kabul, journalist Kim Barker captures the humor and heartbreak of life in post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan in this profound and darkly comic memoir. As Barker grows from awkward newbie to seasoned reporter, she offers an insider’s account of the region’s “forgotten war” at a time when all eyes were turned to Iraq. Candid, self-deprecating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Barker shares both her affection for the absurdities of these two hapless countries and her fear for their future stability.

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” by Kim Barker is a memoir of her time in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I was expecting to get in depth about the War that our country has been going through for so long but this book really just falls completely flat. The book is completely shallow. I really don’t feel like I got to truly know what was going on. Instead it focused more on Barker herself rather than what Barker was experiencing.

The author went to Afghanistan and Pakistan without a clue as to what she was getting herself into. The story focuses more on he arrogant journalist who is learning how to do her job as a foreign correspondent. I couldn’t put my heart into reading this story because it was not written as good as it could have been.

I am interested to see how they make it in to a movie. I think if the book was written more as the experience and how things really were in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that would be something that I would want to read. The writer seems to be very naive and by the end of the book it really doesn’t seem to improve at all. I know one cold make the comment that the story is funny and she doesn’t a great job creating a comic relief, but I still don’t feel like that is enough. Last but not least, the book just seems to drag. It never really picked up at all. I feel like “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” could have been written much better.


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two-half-stars

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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