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

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 22, 2011 - History - 336 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.

With a new Afterword by the author.

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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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Chapter 3 (I believe) of the preview talked about SSG Vile and the attack on OP Bari Alai. The author got so many details wrong about the fateful day of May 1, 2009. I was the senior intelligence officer on the ground during that attack. The author didn't even get the unit correct or the location of the OP in relation to the unit. It was as if he took notes on several visits and scrambled them all up and pieced it back together out of order. If you are going to speak about the sacrifices our brave Soldiers have made, then at least make an effort to get it right. I did not read the entire preview of the book, but why would I if the author couldn't accurately write about a battle that is all over the internet (accurately written)? ...CPT Hall 


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About the author (2011)

Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. A contributor to National Review, he is the author of The Village, No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah, and The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq. The Village, a classic about counterinsurgency, has been on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Reading List for forty years. West’s books on Iraq have won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award for nonfiction, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award for journalism. His articles appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Newport, Rhode Island.

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