Frank Ledwidge has written a thoughtful book about the British experience in Iraq and Afghanistan - Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after months of research and in-depth interviews with participants, he has written a sober follow-up, Investment in Blood: The True Cost of Britain's Afghan War. --Keith Simpson, Total Politics
[...]superbly well researched and lacking the shock and awe of statistics that other authors may have chosen to use. Definitely recommended reading, particularly for those seeking a single concise book that captures the essence of the Afghanistan conflict from a UK perspective. --Army Rumour Service
Investment in Blood is a damning account of the conﬂict. For those who criticised the operation as a political mistake and strategic disaster, it will reafﬁrm their greatest fears. For those who have indeed invested blood, sweat and tears, it will prove a deeply depressing read. --Terri Judd, The Independent
About the Author
Frank Ledwidge spent fifteen years as a Naval reserve military intelligence officer, retiring in 2008 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He served on front-line operations in the Balkan wars and Iraq, where he commanded British and multi-national units. In civilian life he practised as a criminal barrister for eight years before specialising in international development and human rights law. He has since worked as a civilian advisor all over the world, including in Afghanistan and most recently Libya. He is the author of 'Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan' (2011).