The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012 - History - 315 pages
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In this definitive account of the conflict, acclaimed war correspondent and bestselling author Bing West provides a practical way out of Afghanistan. Drawing on his expertise as both a combat-hardened Marine and a former assistant secretary of defense, West has written a tour de force narrative, rich with vivid characters and gritty combat, which shows the consequences when strategic theory meets tactical reality. Having embedded with dozens of frontline units over the past three years, he takes the reader on a battlefield journey from the mountains in the north to the opium fields in the south. A fighter who understands strategy, West builds the case for changing course. His conclusion is sure to provoke debate: remove most of the troops from Afghanistan, stop spending billions on the dream of a modern democracy, and insist the Afghans fight their own battles. Bing West’s book is a page-turner about brave men and cunning enemies that examines our realistic choices as a nation.


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Crazy as it sounds, the title does not mean that the war in Afghanistan is wrong but that, according to the author, it is fought in the wrong way. In the author's opinion the right way to fight that ... Read full review

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I haven't read the book but I was in Afghanistan with Sargent McQueary and I was with his unit also I remember the day him and Lcpl. Johnson got killed but from what I have read on one site with this book it states he was holding security that isn't true at all I am not sure if it is because of opsec or what but he kicked a door in and it was booby trapped with an ied he was with Delta force (Army) four Marines including two EOD Staff Sargent Marines were killed three more Marines were wounded including a friend Corporal Rogers at the time he was promoted to Sargent along with my promotion to a Corporal needless to say the only CNN reports that interacted with us was the day we invaded Marjah and I was 2nd platoon trail blazer 2 mobile assault company they went way past where we told them to go and they got pinned down so a squad of guys had to get them. I'll never forget the one guy laying next to the canal on a sat phone crying while the camera just laid there holding his helmet as bullets hit around them the team evaced them back to our position and they wandered off to another marine position. 


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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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