Fantastic read on the lessons learned from strategic, operational, and tactical perspective in the difficulties of conducting counter insurgency at cross purposes. Why is there such a disconnect between the strategic and operational objectives in regards to intent and purpose.
I was a solider stationed in Afghanistan in Nangahar province a little south of Nuristan. I was with PRT Jalalabad there 2007-2008. Great story and well read.
Very top of the Afghanistan books, and I have read quite a few.
The narrator. He is a captivating, nuanced, compelling speaker.
All of them.
See # 2 above.
If you read only one book about the Afghanistan War, this should be it. I had no idea of how wrong headed our leaders have been until I read this book. Our soldiers, their families, our nation deserve so much better.
It is amazing what goes on in the war zones of this world we aren't aware of.
This fantastic book (so well written and narrated) seemingly puts night vision goggles over our eyes and illuminates the inhuman way war continues to decimate young men.
Bureaucratic decisions made by "suits" scanning briefing papers, career politicians who live to actually believe in the laws and decisions they create for "the people"; thank them for the restraints that makes the armed forces enter the battlefield with one "politically correct" arm bound so to cripple our combatants.
I read this book standing on my toes holding my breath , at times wiping tears , yet so many times frozen in amazement at the level beyond comprehension these young combat soldiers preform under the hellacious conditions of deprevation and incompetent planning.
I don't like to read English 101 reviews that go on interminably nor write them.
This book is a classic war in the trenches revaluation that will make you proud to be a citizen of this magnificent country.
Soldiers deserve better from their leaders, but that doesn't appear to an issue the people of the USA can be bothered to fix. Failures in command leadership and post combat mental health care remain an issue. That aside this is an incredibly well told story of the men and country surrounding the outposts. The author tells the tale without getting bogged down in politics, instead focusing on the men who's lives were forever changed by their visit to the valley.
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The writing doesn't make for a coherent story. I had no idea what was going on or why or where the major players were. The entire story was muddled.
I like Tapper, but this story lacked an arc. And the major characters came and went too quickly and I never had a full grasp of what was going on, where, why or anything.
No. Rob Shapiro ruined this book for me. He has a voice that lilts downward at each sentence making for a very depressing reading. It was aggravating and too slow.
The author did such an amazing job capturing your attention and the details of tragic but true war stories. As an Armed Forces member, I feel indebted to him for bringing the truth to light so people can see what really goes on in war in Afghanistan and in politics.