No Worse Enemy : The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan Paperback
by Ben Anderson
The war in Afghanistan is over ten years old. It has cost countless lives and hundreds of billions of pounds.
Politicians talk of progress, but the violence is worse than ever.
In this powerful and shocking expose from the front lines in Helmand province, leading journalist and documentary-maker Ben Anderson (HBO, Panorama, and Dispatches) shows just how bad it has got.
Detailing battles that last for days, only to be fought again weeks later, Anderson witnesses IED explosions and sniper fire, amid disturbing incompetence and corruption among the Afghan army and police.
Also revealing the daily struggle to win over the long-suffering local population, who often express open support for the Taliban, No Worse Enemy is a heartbreaking insight into the chaos at the heart of the region.
Raising urgent questions about our supposed achievements and the politicians' desire for a hasty exit, Anderson highlights the vast gulf that exists between what we are told and what is actually happening on the ground.
A product of five years' unrivalled access to UK forces and US Marines, this is the most intimate and horrifying account of the Afghan war ever published.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 296 pages, map
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications
- Publication Date: 04/10/2012
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781851689774
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Review by garethtrussell
The working thesis of this book is: Afghanistan is the new Vietnam, and those who are involved in the war are either incompetent, or purposefully incompetent. And only the author has the penetrating insight to see this. To prove this Ben Anderson goes to see the British fighting badly and then to visit the Americans, also struggling.When Ben stops pursuing his new-Vietnam thesis and concentrates on describing the events and combat, his writing is thrilling and crystal clear. It's just such a shame that he refuses to move beyond his new-Vietnam thesis, even to offer possible better moves ahead.If you want to read one book on the war in Afghanistan, this is not the book to read.