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Lost in Kandahar (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Berenson
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When novelist and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson traveled to Afghanistan for an embed with the 101st Airborne Division, he found great soldiers – and a seemingly hopeless mission. The gripping non-fiction tale of how the United States is spending $100 billion a year on a war that even the men on the front lines can't explain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 117 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S41OLI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 29 Sept. 2013
By Alex
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This is a good book to read and I would bye it and I have been to Afghan before and I am going back again next month
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bite sized treat 24 Dec. 2013
By Sierra
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A small but perfectly formed read. Shows the absurdity of the Afghan conflict. Seven more words to go so there...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Snappy short story 2 Nov. 2013
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Quite a good insight to the day to day operations of the army and the hardships they face. Nice quick read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biased, but still accurate and informative. 21 Mar. 2011
By Paul Croteau - Published on
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This was my first Kindle "Single" download, I guess I should have expected it to be article length, not a short book. But it's worth $1.99 to get an up close look at the hard work our soldiers are doing.

Cut to the chase: I'm a conservative, the author is a liberal. That being said, I found this short book to be very descriptive and informative. The author is a talented writer and paints vivid pictures with lasting imagery. The more I read about our deployments, the more I support our troops and question our government.

Part of this book describes an aid station. This station that Berenson visited has dealt with over 100 trauma cases (military and civilians), and they have had to put lots of our solders (or parts of our soldiers) into body bags. I know this because I am good friends with the Captain interviewed in Chapter IV. I would like to note that the author failed to include any of the positive things we have done to help the locals, my guess is that this is due to his personal bias. But he does not claim this book to be a documentary, it is an opinion piece, and it is a well-written one at that.

Yes, Afghanistan is a mess, and it happens to be the one war that President Obama supported, but our troops are doing the best they can given the rules of engagement they are forced to live by, and given the lack of will of the people they are trying to help. Afghanistan is a horribly corrupt and backwards society (in my opinion), at some point we have to ask ourselves, "why are we there?"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of the War in Afghanistan 17 Mar. 2011
By Jeremy Aldrich - Published on
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A cynical journalist (Alex Berenson) spends an uneventful time embedded with US soldiers in Senjaray in Kandahar Province. He talks to the soldiers there about dealing with a baffling local culture, narrowly avoiding IEDs, and surviving an ambush which killed several of their company. Along the way, Berenson explains Army organization (from the fire team up to Gen. Petraeus) and details the costs of the war, finally concluding that the US effort is a quagmire with little or no positive lasting impact. My favorite part of the work was his description of Kandahar Airfield, an oasis of Western civilization and a babel of coalition forces.

The author did a good job mixing big picture facts with the granular experience of those on the ground, but the style was too flippant at times and his pronouncements on difficult issues were too facile. Ultimately, it came across as a somewhat glib recasting of potentially compelling source material.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars keeping it real 30 Mar. 2011
By sylvie Lacroix - Published on
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Most of us who read these "war" books just want a realistic view of what is going on over there. I felt this book did just that. My only regret is that it was so short. I have no regrets spending the 1.99, and recomend it to anyone who is interested in what the soldiers are enduring. My husband is currently in Afghanistan and since he can't tell me much about his day to day activities, it's given me good insight. I've read a number of these books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Captures some of the feeling 4 April 2011
By Ken - Published on
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As someone who has deployed to Afghanistan, parts of this short book really got the memories flowing. Whether or not you agree with how the author portrays the war, he truly captures the mood of a deployment to Kandahar province. He also does it by focusing on the average Soldiers, not like some obscure and overly strategic General's telling of it might be.

Even the details of moving around the country were captured perfectly. Most readers might think nothing of the inclusion of the bit about Kandahar Airfield (KAF) and its TGI Friday's, and expect the story to begin at the combat outpost. However by including it, he mirrors what the Soldiers go through. He covers it just enough to see the absurdities and make it stick in your head, and gets you wondering what to expect. The Soldiers go through the same thing- they deploy to KAF, get stuck there seeing the excess and the cushy life, then move on to a base in the middle of nowhere.

In the end, the book was very short, but presented the setting and Soldiers' attitudes extremely well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to actually being there 22 Mar. 2011
By Henry P. Starr - Published on
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It takes guts to embed with an actual fighting unit on the front lines in Afghanistan, and it takes talent to write with the clarity and honesty of Alex Berenson as he shares his experiences in this report from the battle zone. The reader can draw his own conclusions as to the relative merits of our continued involvement in Afghanistan, but those opinions can now be based upon the unadorned facts of what our young troops are doing, day in and day out over there. At $1.99, this is not only a buy but a must buy.
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