Coming up to Christmas, and reporter Stephen Grey is embedded with B Company, 2 Yorks, in southern Afghanistan during Operation Snakebite. Their mission: to take the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. For some this battle will be their last.
In the thick of the fighting, Grey provides a breathtaking boots-and-bullets glimpse of combat chaos as British, American and Afghan forces struggle to secure a dusty little desert town known to be crucial to the drug trade.
Operation Snakebite reveals everything you need to know about the brutal conflict in Afghanistan: from the political infighting and bureaucratic interference to the frontline troops soldiering on with unsuitable gear and poor intelligence.
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Magnificent... the fear, the courage, the uncertainty and the sheer mayhem of two days intensive fighting is frequently more vivid than any film (Misha Glenny Misha Glenny, Mail on Sunday 20090510)
Superb, fast-paced. Captures the grit and the gore, the exhaustion and emotion, the killing and the dying (Raymond Bonner Raymond Bonner, The Guardian 20090425)
This is an uncommonly vivid portrait of battle, matched by sharp investigation of purposes, intrigues and cock-ups... Grey's descriptions of firefights are exemplary (Max Hastings Max Hastings, Sunday Times 20090405)
A fascinating insight... a catalogue of doubt, criticism and anger (David Crouch David Crouch, Financial Times 20090518)
A gripping and moving account (Dr Rodney Atwood Dr Rodney Atwood, Soldier Magazine 20090801)
An exceptional piece of reportage (Michael Smith Michael Smith, New Statesman 20090518)
'An uncommonly vivid portrait of battle, matched by sharp investigation of purposes, intrigues and cock-ups.'
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 400 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0141038306