The 188th Crybaby Brigade

“A hilarious take on the sometimes absurd alternative reality of the IDF.”

The Jerusalem Post

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What’s a nice Jewish boy doing in a place like this?

Joel Chasnoff—a suburban-born, Ivy League-educated stand-up comic—sweats and grunts his way through a military tour in the Israeli Army in The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah (Simon and Schuster).


Like a Catch-22 for our time, The 188th Crybaby Brigade presents a hilarious look at life inside the Israeli Army, from the mandatory daily chocolate snack breaks at 10am and 4pm, to the “duck walk” in which the platoon plods across a parade ground on their haunches as punishment.


Through it all, Crybaby Brigade describes the incredible bond between soldiers in a combat platoon: young men who hope, fear, contemplate death, and dream of the future.


“Horrifyingly hilarious.”

Kirkus Reviews