Monday, February 5, 2018

Some Great Afghanistan War Books

By Donald Fisher

Dakota Meyer puts readers into the heat of battle and shows what it is like and what it takes to make the tough decisions. In his book, Into The Fire, he literally sends himself into the fire by defying orders to stay by the vehicles so that he can rescue as many of his fellow soldiers from a vicious ambush. Like many Afghanistan war books, this story goes from his fight against the Taliban all the way to his return home.

Sean Parnell has a strong sense of emotion and action, and he delivers on both of these things in his book Outlaw Platoon. This is the story of the 10th Mountain Division, and their difficult fight for sixteen months straight. This all happened in a mountainous region called the Hindu Kesh, known for being deadly and dangerous.

Pat Tillman had the opportunity to play in the NFL and make millions of dollars. Instead, he decided he would join the Army instead so that he could serve America. Unfortunately, he was killed in battle, and Where Men Win Glory is a great book by Jon Krakauer that tells the amazing story of his life.

As a New York Times foreign correspondent, Dexter Filkins saw a lot of things over the course of his career that filled in a detailed perspective of the conflict in this country. He witnessed the Taliban's rise, 9/11, the Afghan wars, and he also saw and reported on Iraq. He put all of his experience into the book The Forever War, which has a wealth of information and memorable stories.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll wrote Ghost Wars, which goes into detail about some of the covert wars that were going on in this country leading up to the September 11th attack. According to his book, this attack was directly related to these covert wars because it caused the Islamic militancy that then occurred. This book also explores why bin Laden's capture took so long.

The Chosen Few is a paratroopers' tale that did not go the way anyone going into it expected. Greg Zoroya writes about this group of troopers who were expecting to explore the wilderness, and only thinking they would come across mountain people who they hoped would be peaceful. Instead, they found themselves under constant attack and spent the rest of their time trying to withdraw from a deadly fight.

In Dog Company, Captain Roger Hill and Lynn Vincent both tell a story that sheds a poor light on the US Army. According to their book, the Army does not treat their soldiers well. At the heart of this story is Captain Hill choosing to disobey his orders so that he can save the lives of his friends.

Operation Medusa was what stopped the Taliban from reclaiming the Kandahar Province, which was all the stopped the southern Afghan regions from gaining control. Major Rusty Bradley gives his inside account of what really happened. His book, Lions of Kandahar, is co-authored by Kevin Maurer, who seamlessly weaves together this remarkable account.

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