A photo of Joe Kassabian, dressed in green military fatigues and carrying a lot of gear, sitting in the shade of a building in what is presumably Kandahar in the time period of the book, looking sideways to the camera, holding a plastic water bottle.

Joseph Kassabian was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan and enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 2005 at the age of 17. He served multiple combat tours in support of the Global War On Terror, including the one covered in this book. In 2013, he exited the Army with an Honorable Discharge and began a career in writing.