What was it like to serve in Afghanistan? That is the question civilians often ask returning servicemembers of the armed forces. Afghanistan: On the Bounce brilliantly conveys the full range of the troops’ experiences—on patrol, in combat, in the chow line, and in religious services—through photographs, stories, diagrams, and removable ephemera.
As a documentation/production specialist in Afghanistan, photographer Robert L. Cunningham accompanied soldiers of 40 different units on 132 combat missions, following them during their typical on-base routines as well as into hazardous situations. Here are detailed examinations of the servicemembers’ weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and gear, along with reflections on duty, insights into valor and heroism, and clear-eyed humor about life on deployment.
About The Author
A professional photographer for more than a decade, ROBERT L. CUNNINGHAM has photographed 9 heads of state, 12 prime ministers, 3 governors, multiple astronauts, cosmonauts, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, renowned actors, musicians, and professional race car drivers, as well as service members from 15 different nations. His work has taken him under way aboard U.S. Navy submarines, into zero-gravity in low earth orbit, and to more than 450 cities in 25 countries. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum features a permanent display of his work. He has documented 132 missions as an embed photographer with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
STEVEN HARTOV is the former editor-in-chief of Special Operations Report and co-author of the New York Times best sellers In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers. His trilogy of espionage novels, The Heat of Ramadan, The Nylon Hand of God, and The Devil’s Shepherd, earned nominations for the National Book Award, top ten placements in the Book of the Month Club, and translations into 6 foreign languages. His works are recommended readings by the U.S. Army War College. He currently lives in New Jersey.