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Unwinnable: Britain's War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 [9781847923462]

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It could have been a very different story.

British and US forces could have successfully withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2002, having done the job they set out to do: to defeat al-Qaeda and stop it from launching further terrorist attacks against the West. Instead, British troops became part of a larger international effort to stabilise the country. Yet over the following thirteen years the British military paid a heavy price for their presence in Helmand province; and when Western troops departed from Afghanistan in 2014, they had failed to stop a Taliban resurgence.

In this magisterial study, Theo Farrell explains the origins and causes of the war, providing fascinating insight into the British government's reaction to 9/11 and the steps that led the British Army to Helmand. He details the specific campaigns and missions over the subsequent years, revealing how the military's efforts to create a strategy for success were continually undermined by political realities in Kabul and back home. And he demonstrates conclusively that the West's failure to understand the dynamics of local conflict in the country, and to tackle Afghan government corruption, meant that the war was unwinnable.

Drawing on unprecedented access to military reports and government documents, as well as hundreds of interviews with Western commanders, senior figures in the Taliban, Afghan civilians and British politicians, Unwinnable is an extraordinary work of scholarship. Its depth of analysis, scope and authority make it the definitive history of Britain's War in Afghanistan.

'There is a small mountain of books on Britain's Fourth Afghan War and this one stands atop them all; the best single account of the whole conflict' - Michael Clarke, Former Director General, Royal United Services Institute

'Masterful...lucid, pacey...captures the frustrating reality of Helmand with remarkable accuracy and will surely be the definitive aacount for years to come' - Patrick Bury, author of Callsign Hades

'Powerful, perceptive and authoritative...A forensic of what went wrong, and why. Unwinnable should be required reading for soldiers, strategists and policymakers' - Jason Burke, author of The New Threat from Islamic Militancy

'Highly readable and penetrating... Many of those who served in Afghanistan will wish that they had known some of what Theo has uncovered. For anyone who did not serve there, they could not hope for a better survey of the campaign' - Lt-Gen. Jonathon Riley, Former Deputy Commander, ISAF, Afghanistan

'Well-sourced, well-written and riveting, Unwinnable should be studied by politicians and in military academies across the West. 'How to' books abound; this is the ultimate ' How not to' book' - Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon the Great


AUTHOR: Theo Farrell is Professor and Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Previously he was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London and, before that, Head of the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Professor Farrell has published several books on military and strategic affairs. He conducted a number of studies in Afghanistan for British authorities and ISAF Command. He remains a Visiting Professor in War Studies at King's College London.
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The Bodley Head Ltd
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07-Sep-2017
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576
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