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Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan
     

Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan

by Sean Maloney
 

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Within hours of the September 11 attacks, Sean M. Maloney determined that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were the aggressors and that a war in Afghanistan was inevitable. As a military historian, Maloney was determined to go there to record the events for posterity, if for no other reason than the education of his students at Canada's Royal Military College. Maloney

Overview

Within hours of the September 11 attacks, Sean M. Maloney determined that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were the aggressors and that a war in Afghanistan was inevitable. As a military historian, Maloney was determined to go there to record the events for posterity, if for no other reason than the education of his students at Canada's Royal Military College. Maloney presents a rare on-the-spot view from such important locations as Kabul, Bagram, and Kandahar. He describes the American-led intervention in Afghanistan and the conduct of the war through early 2003, then discusses the events of 2003 from the three locales in detail.

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militarytrader.com

"Those who are following the progress of the war on terrorism should find his insights and conclusions interesting and valuable."—militarytrader.com
Canadian Army Journal

"Dr. Maloney's book Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan, is a valuable snapshot of this theatre in early 2003....This book is a worthy and recommended read."—Canadian Army Journal
Peter S. Kindsvatter

"Drawing upon his skills as a trained soldier and accomplished historian, Maloney provides a perceptive, firsthand account of NATO and American military operations at the cutting edge in Afghanistan. His is a cautionary tale--much has been accomplished in the war on terrorism, but serious obstacles to long-term regional stability remain. Anyone involved in the war on terror--and who isn’t?--will profit from Maloney’s insights and observations."—Peter S. Kindsvatter, command historian at the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools and author of American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam
David C. Isby

"A vivid yet insightful view of what the Global War on Terror really means in Afghanistan’s unforgiving mountains and churning cities. Sean Maloney’s combination of on-the-ground experience in Afghanistan and his background as an experienced military historian and analyst bring real insight to a fascinating and strategically vital situation. It has been a new world since 9/11, and Sean Maloney has expertly chronicled a part of it. This is history written from the front line, not the academic desk, by a Canadian with much experience of the emerging nature of conflict worldwide."—David C. Isby, consultant on national security issues and author of War in a Distant Country: Afghanistan--Invasion and Resistance
Lester Grau

"Sean Maloney is one of my favorite observers of the contemporary geopolitical scene. He is that rarest of academic creatures--a fun read. He is direct, uncompromising, brilliant, and takes no prisoners. Enduring the Freedom. . . is a super book."—Lester Grau, author of The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost
Parameters

"The subtitle [of this book] tells readers what to expect, but it hardly prepares them for the level of detail and insight Maloney provides."—Parameters
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“Drawing upon his skills as a trained soldier and accomplished historian, Maloney provides a perceptive, firsthand account of NATO and American military operations at the cutting edge in Afghanistan. His is a cautionary tale—much has been accomplished in the war on terrorism, but serious obstacles to long-term regional stability remain. Anyone involved in the war on terror—and who isn’t?—will profit from Maloney’s insights and observations."

“A vivid yet insightful view of what the Global War on Terror really means in Afghanistan’s unforgiving mountains and churning cities. Sean Maloney’s combination of on-the-ground experience in Afghanistan and his background as an experienced military historian and analyst bring real insight to a fascinating and strategically vital situation. It has been a new world since 9/11, and Sean Maloney has expertly chronicled a part of it. This is history written from the front line, not the academic desk, by a Canadian with much experience of the emerging nature of conflict worldwide.”

“Sean Maloney is one of my favorite observers of the contemporary geopolitical scene. He is that rarest of academic creatures—a fun read. He is direct, uncompromising, brilliant, and takes no prisoners. Enduring the Freedom . . . is a super book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970495
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Sean M. Maloney served in Germany as the historian for the Canadian Army’s Cold War contribution to NATO and has extensive field research experience in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. He is the author of several works, including the controversial Canada and UN Peacekeeping: Cold War by Other Means, 1945–1970 and Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). He currently teaches in the Royal Military College War Studies Programme and is the strategic studies adviser to the Canadian Defence Academy. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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