- File Size: 5872 KB
- Print Length: 195 pages
- Publication Date: July 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LMTLVOW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,230,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Making Peace in War: Stories from Civilians on Helmund's Front Line Kindle Edition
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
What is so refreshing about it is that all the authors - each one has their own tale to tell - tells their story in their own voice. One of the pack is a joker, another is a granny (yes, the British really did send a grandmother to talk to senior Afghan leaders, and 'combat granny', as the British troops called her, actually seemed to do very well), one is a former journalist, another an aid worker, and so on. And they write about what it was like when, for example, the ration supplies ran low, or a patrol came in after taking casualties, or when a helicopter landed in one of these outposts (for some of the most isolated post, it was a very major event), or when Afghan school kids mobbed them at a publicity event, or when the Taliban attacked their compound from three sides. One of the Stabads suffered the loss of not one but two commanding officers, and writes movingly about how it affected the troops (and not quite in the ways you would have expected).
All in all, this is an excellent book, which avoids all the high-level strategic nonsense about the Afghanistan war. There are plenty enough armchair generals (and wannabee armchair generals) who've written about that already. This book shows what the war was really like for people with large brains who stuck it out, through boiling summers and freezing winters, through Taliban attacks and long spells when nothing happened, until they finally came home.
Thirty years from know, I really hope this book is in the top ten books on the Afghan conflict that people read to understand what happened there, because it really should be.