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ROBERTS RIDGE: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan Mass Market Paperback – July 25, 2006
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I prefer MacPherson's writing style in that he doesn't personalize the story at all. There is no reference to "me" or "I," only the story as told to him by the people involved. I feel that adding one's own voice to a work of non-fiction just makes the writer sound like a braggart and sometimes even discredits the account.
I do think that the target audience for this book is either military-related, or just very quick, because much of the terminology is not explained, especially when it comes to the "slang" style terms and phrases that the branches use in so much of their work.
As a book focusing on the events of Takur Ghar, it was great. However, if you have no idea what Operation Anaconda was about, I would recommend reading "Day" first, because "Ridge" does not go into the set-up of the Operation at all. "Ridge" is a wonderful way to delve further into the seventeen hours of combat operations of so many service members, and the characterization is much deeper than "Day" simply because there are fewer players involved.
I highly recommend this book, but read "Not a Good Day to Die" first if you have no frame of reference for Afghanistan or Operation Anaconda.
MacPherson has done a great job of capturing the details of the battle, but his account falls far short of "Not A Good Day To Die", a far more detailed and better-sourced account. Nonetheless, MacPherson's account captures the individual bravery and sacrifice of the U.S. soldiers on the mountain. A great compliment to "Not A Good Day To Die". A must read for any small unit commander and anyone interested in Al Queda tactics.
I was also disappointed with the very limited indexing. There are also some critical inconsistencies in the book.
The Seals came to the area looking for a mission on very short notice. It was apparently not their decision, but from far up the food chain and thousands of miles away in a flat land. There was a failure to appreciate the need to adapt to the altitude.
Control of Takur Ghar was not seen as essential in the plan for the operation prior to the arrival of the Seals. However, the author appears to start with the premise that control was essential, but in the end accepts the view that it was not essential.
The decision imposed on the Seals to make a direct aerial assault on the position after experiencing delays, rather than delay 24 hours, was an imposition from above. One of the grave risks of the new information age is that those (both military officers and politicians) receiving satellite, UAV data and perhaps battlefield video will abandon their roles of strategic planning and information dissemination in favor of making tactical decisions without situational awareness. It's a recipe for disaster.
There's a reason that a great football coach is down on the field while the spotters and perhaps those who recommend plays are high above the stadium.
In some respects the limitations of the book are a reflection of that lack of shared information and situational awareness which plagued the fighters during the events.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this rating because the book earned it. A graphic account of selfless dedication for the brothers who died and those fortunate enough to have survived a deadly ambush. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bill
Excelent book. The writer keep us on our toes throughout the bookPublished 2 months ago by Bruno Schreier
A splendid account of a part of Anaconda. Fast paced, well written and, from other sources, very accurate this account certainly gives one pause as to the 'incredible courage' of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RoamingDoc
To the heroes of Takur Ghar. A great book and tribute to the men who fought on Robert's Ridge.Published 3 months ago by J P