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No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan by [Anderson, Ben]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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 “A superbly written, considered piece of war reportage, it will stand comparison with the very best of the last half-century.”

Frank Ledwidge, author of Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan

 “Hugely revealing … A brilliantly observed account of war in Afghanistan by an extraordinarily brave reporter.”

Jason Elliot, author of An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan

“Anderson deserves great credit for his achievement [and his] abundant reservoirs of sincerity, compassion and personal courage... An independent-minded, unflinchingly honest, and ultimately bleak portrayal of a doomed war effort.”

Jon Lee Anderson, staff editor at The New Yorker


“A tactile, gripping first-hand account of the heroic yet tragic efforts of allied troops to drive out the Taliban. A powerful read.”

Bing West, former US Assistant Secretary of Defense and prize-winning author of No True Glory

“Similar to Michael Herr's high-octane Vietnam War classic, Dispatches, Anderson delivers a gritty, brutal, realistic account of British and American troops on the Afghan frontlines in a bitter counterpoint to all the policy concessions and peace chatter.”

Publishers Weekly

 "[Anderson is] an unusually courageous war correspondent... with humor, compassion, and a fine eye for detail. An engrossing blow-by-blow account of the nuts and bolts of modern warfare.”

“A tour de force. Ben Anderson plunges the reader into the reality of the war in Afghanistan in all its horror.”
David Dimbleby, Acclaimed BBC Journalist and Presenter of Question Time

“Ben Anderson is the bravest journalist I know. Anyone interested in what life is really like on the front line in Afghanistan should read this book.”
Louis Theroux

“The truth about the Afghan war, from a brave and exceptionally honest reporter... Essential reading for anyone who wants to know what is really going on in Helmand.”
Sherard Cowper-Coles, former British Ambassador to Afghanistan

"I became gripped… a vivid contribution to the record of the conflict, which left me gasping at [Anderson's] courage."
Max Hastings, The Sunday Times


"The best book from the frontline so far... Will do for Afghanistan what Michael Herr's Dispatches' did for Vietnam. If you thought it was bad in Helmand, you were wrong. Anderson shows that it is much worse than that."

(Frank Ledwidge - Bestselling author of Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afgha)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1359 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1851688528
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851688633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851688630
  • ASIN: B007BEP26A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am not usually into war books , but I have often wondered what is really going on in Afghanistan today and this book summarises the shoe situation perfectly. It's a must read- it submerges you into the true reality of the conflict ! The style is original and eye opening as the brave journalist Ben Anderson who follows, for weeks and months on end, the US Marines and British soldiers as they carry out the biggest military operations. He's right there when people are getting killed around him, risking his life again and again. Because he is right there on the frontline, he sees what's really happening, from all angles. This gives you a broad insight into how difficult it has been for the fighting troops- and how terrifying it is for the innocent local people. Truly gripping, clever and compassionately written the book takes you through all the emotions. I'm reading it again already.
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Journalist Ben Anderson has been visiting Afghanistan since the summer of 2007. He notes, "on each visit I was told that the Taliban were on their last legs, the Afghans were almost ready to provide security for themselves and the government was almost ready to govern."

But in the real world, "the only thing I ever saw happen was an increase in troop numbers and a corresponding increase in casualties, military and civilian. This, I was told, was further evidence of the Taliban's desperation and proof that the insurgency was in its last throes." "Violence in 2011 was greater than the previous year, as it has been every year since 2006."

He notes, "What happened next, after vital resources had been diverted to Iraq, was simply a return to predatory power politics and the rule of the warlords. To a place where the corrupt and vicious thrived and the most able and honest were sidelined. The state of affairs that had allowed the Taliban to sweep to power in the first place. The 2005 elections, which might have led to truly representative government, were a sham, with some observers claiming that fraudulent votes outnumbered the genuine."

Anderson focuses on the south's Helmand province where the war was fiercest, the focus of first the British, then the US, efforts. 60 per cent of the Afghan National Army deserted when they were deployed to Helmand. By 2006, Helmand was the world's biggest producer of illicit drugs.

NATO gave control of the army and police to the Northern Alliance, which is hostile to southern Pushtuns. Anderson reports, "People approached marines in the bazaar, saying: `Please don't leave us alone with those guys', referring to the police. The same thing happened in every town I'd seen cleared.
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Ben Anderson follows both the British Army and the American Marines through some of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan as they attempt to bring stability to the region. Anderson seems to become a confessor for the troops - and the truths they reveal are both shocking and saddening. Many say how they feel that they have been forgotten by their home countries, and that the real war in Afghanistan is being covered up by the media and governments who are desperate to show a stabilising country instead of one falling further into war. No Worse Enemy is a stark portrayal of the Afghanistan war that leaves you with the realisation of how little you know about what is really happening out there. An excellent piece of reportage, for both soldiers and civilians alike.
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By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a riveting and all too true account of the war in Afghanistan, a war that has already lasted longer than the two world wars added together. It is a war, the result of a knee-jerk reaction by Bush in response to 9-11, that has cost trillions of dollars, and billions of pounds for Britain. The reasons for our involvement have been repeatedly changed by government over the years.
Numerous accounts by diplomats, historians, soldiers, and journalists have demonstrated again and again that: the war is being lost; there has been incompetence at every level by politicians, senior soldiers,and development agencies; money is running out for so-called reconstruction (or as Anderson points out many soldiers believe it ought to be called construction); COIN tactics and operations have failed because Afghanistan is unlike any other country where these tactics have been tried;corruption is on a massive scale from the Karsai central government down to the smallest hamlet; NATO forces are not welcome in Afghanistan-although our money is; the police are corrupt and responsible for most of the crime; heroin is routinely taken by the ANA, ANP and ALP; the culture is one that regards the regular abuse of young boys as normal, central government has no influence at local level where tribal politics hold sway, and the Taliban are a very mixed bunch of people.
All of this and more is supported by Anderson's account. He pulls no punches.He points out the crucial importance of the NW provinces of Pakistan for the Taliban to retreat to in order to recuperate, train and recruit.
It is worth remembering that in over 150 insurgencies in the last 200 years only two have been won by the conventional forces, and there were very special reasons for these victories none of which apply in Afghanistan.
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