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The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan Paperback – February 21, 2012
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“Should be read by anyone who wants to understand why the war [in Afghanistan] is so hard.”—Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review
“One of the best books yet written on the war in Afghanistan . . . filled with both vivid descriptions of the Afghan fighting and sound advice concerning how counterinsurgencies should be waged.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Should be must reading for President Obama—and for you. . . . Most of us really don’t give Afghanistan much thought. . . . Most of us don’t get it. If you read The Wrong War you will.”—USA Today
“As always, West’s greatest strengths are his exceptional personal courage and his experienced perception of combat. He anchors a narrative of failed policy in a set of battlefield stories that explains events with unusual clarity.”—The Washington Post
“West offers vivid accounts of the war from ground level and an unsparing analysis of the chances for U.S. success.”—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Bing West’s bestselling books have won the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction, the Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize for military scholarship, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, and the Marine Corps University Foundation’s Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award. West, a Marine combat infantryman, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former assistant secretary of defense.
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West has muddy boots. He lives and writes at the grunt level, faces the same discomfort and danger as our Soldiers and Marines, and interacts with the Afghan people in the villages and fields. He does not dwell in the theoretical or academic world of arcane ideas but focuses on results and how to attain them.
Perhaps most relevant for our highly politicized domestic society, West approaches the challenge of Afghanistan from a neutral perspective. He eschews cheap ideological shots and calls mistakes as he sees them regardless of party affiliations or personalities.
The Wrong War is absolutely essential reading for leadership, grunts, and citizens alike. America needs to heed West's analysis or risk abject failure. Get into this book now, you will be glad you did.