joel chasnoff“Laugh-out-loud funny.”

L.A. Jewish Journal
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“An unusual story, humorous but not without heartbreak, told well by an intelligent and funny person.”

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

The Jerusalem Post
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“The 188th Crybaby Brigade turns out to be a wise, carefully observed, profanely funny, and even touching portrait of Israeli society in all its polyglot, improvisational, maddening, and beleaguered glory.”

New Jersey Jewish News
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L.A. Jewish Journal – interview with Joel Chasnoff about Crybaby Brigade



“Funny as hell!”

Colorado Springs Independent


“A mostly humorous, frequently tender and sometimes infuriating book.”

New York Jewish Week



“Many of you know Chasnoff as a hilarious standup comic, one who draws extensively from his Jewish background, including his two-year stint in the Armored Corps of the Israel Defense Forces. Much of this book is funny, but much is deadly serious. Parts of it will disturb readers who have a preconceived notion of Israel and its army. But if you can get beyond that you’ll finish the read loving Israel even more—warts and all.”

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle



“Part Stripes, part Camp Ramah, Chasnoff’s comedic timing and honest heart shine throughout the 188th Crybaby Brigade.”

Jewish Book Council



“Chasnoff is well within the tradition of military satires such as Catch 22 or the film Stripes. With a combination of light-hearted moments, social criticism and personal heartbreak, The 188th Crybaby Brigade makes for fascinating reading.”

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle