Making Peace in War: Stories from Civilians on Helmund's Front Line Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00LMTLVOW
- Publication date : July 8, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5872 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 195 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.