Not a Good Day to Die
The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
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Award-winning combat reporter Sean Naylor reveals how close American forces came to disaster in Afghanistan against Al Qaida—after easily defeating the ragtag Taliban that had sheltered the terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks.
At dawn on March 2, 2002, over two hundred soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into the mouth of a buzz saw in Afghanistan's Shahikot Valley. Believing the war all but over, U.S. military leaders refused to commit the extra infantry, artillery, and attack helicopters required to fight the war's biggest battle— a missed opportunity to crush hundreds of Al Qaida's fighters and some of its most senior leaders.
Eyewitness Naylor vividly portrays the heroism of the young, untested soldiers, the fanaticism of their ferocious enemy, the mistakes that led to a hellish mountaintop firefight, and how thirteen American commandos embodied "Patton's three principles of war"—audacity, audacity, and audacity—by creeping unseen over frozen mountains into the heart of an enemy stronghold to prevent a U.S. military catastrophe.
Immersing and Inspirational
Naylor has written a excellent account of the beginning battles of Operation Enduring Freedom told from the perspective of the special operations forces who put their lives on the line to go after the Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan. Naylor brings in anecdotal accounts of the men fighting on the frontlines to the overall "big picture" to tell a story of how these men went after the cowards who brought those buildings down. If one seeks to better understand the commandos who are giving their lives everyday and what role they play in winning the War on Terror this is a great start.