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Dear Mr. President

(2002)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Everybody's Gulf War Syndrome is a little bit different. Or so believes Larry, who returns home from Desert Storm to find his hair gone and his bones rapidly disintegrating. Then there's Lance Corporal James Laverne of the US Marines, who grows a third ear in Kuwait. And in the audaciously comic novella "Notes from a Bunker Along Highway 8," a Green Beret deserts his team after seeing a vision of George Washington, only to find a new calling - administering aid to wounded Iraqi civilians; he's hindered only by the furtive nature of his mission and an unruly band of chimpanzees. Together these narratives form a bracing amalgamation of devastating humor and brilliant cultural observation, in which Gabe Hudson fearlessly explores the darker implications of American military power.

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Praise for this book

"Gabe Hudson's wacky dispatches from a wacky war chronicle - with the knife-edge humor of a fine stand-up comedian - America's twentieth-century decline from World War heroism through hubristic tragedy to black farce." - Robert Coover

"Beyond their great narrative propulsion and their astonishing but always balanced surreality and humor, Gabe Hudson's stories have a crucial and rare thing: soul. He's an important writer." - Dave Eggers

"Mr. Hudson's style goes from zero to one hundred MPH in the first sentence. Faster than a Road Runner cartoon, he reminds us war can be funny as hell." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Gabe Hudson writes crazed, energetic stories full of mayhem and heart. This collection summons up a funny, troubling image of America the Invader, clumsily enforcing its will with a high-tech army of narcissists and neurotics." - George Saunders


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Hardback Editions

August 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dear Mr. President
Author(s): Gabe Hudson
ISBN: 0-375-41395-2 / 978-0-375-41395-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

November 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dear Mr. President
Author(s): Gabe Hudson
ISBN: 0-375-71340-9 / 978-0-375-71340-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Dear Mr. President (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Gabe Hudson
Publisher: Vintage
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