Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda

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Penguin, 2005 - History - 425 pages
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Command refused to commit the forces required to achieve total victory in Afghanistan. Instead, they delegated responsibility for fighting the war's biggest battle-one that could have broken Al Qaeda and captured Osama bin Laden-to a hodge-podge of units thrown together at the last moment.

At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into Afghanistan's Shahikot valley-and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, higher-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.

Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the battle, details the failures of military intelligence and planning, and vividly portrays the astonishing heroism of these young, untested U.S. soldiers. Denied the extra infantry, artillery, and attack helicopters with which they trained to go to war, these troops nevertheless proved their worth in brutal combat and-along with the exceptional daring of a small team of U.S. commandos-prevented an American military disaster.

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"I recommend the book but the author is self serving indulgent prick who has no true respect for keeping our soldiers alive. Read the story Operation Anaconda is remarkable. However once you read this one turn around and read The Mission, the men, and me by Pete Blaber and Two Wars by Nate Self both men were integral to this Operation." 

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This book relates the true story of Operation Anaconda. It is really a fast paced book if you know anything about military operations. I was highly impressed by the how accurate it was. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn firsthand about special operations and the brave men that live and die for such archaic reasons as patriotism, loyalty, and America.  



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Sean Naylor is a senior writer for the Army Times. He has covered the Afghan mujahideen's war against the Soviets, and American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Named one of the 22 "unsung" influential print reporters in Washington by American Journalism Review in May 2002, he earned the White House Correspondents' Association's prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award for his coverage of Operation Anaconda.

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