Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda

Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda

by Sean Naylor
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Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda by Sean Naylor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101204610
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 140,993
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sean Naylor, a senior writer for the Army Times, has covered the Afghan mujahideen's war against the Soviets, and American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His coverage of Operation Anaconda earned him the White House Correspondents' Association's prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award. Naylor was named one of the 22 most influential "unsung" print reporters in Washington by American Journalism Review in May 2002.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great for any American to read as it shows the tremendous courage and foritude for which the US forces fought. It shows both great cooperation between the services and also the defects of it. The one weak point is the lack of cooperation between different nations. Nonetheless the book is a must read for anyone looking for inspiration in a tough situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great, professional book on the actions of the first major operation by conventional forces in Afghanistan. Full of first hand accounts, well sourced information and remarkably well written. Definately a must read for those interested in The War on Terror and the history of the service men and women abroad.
IronCam More than 1 year ago
A good story but the writing style was a bit difficult to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the finest books of it's kind, a real primer for special ops as deployed to Afghanistan. Comparable to Black Hawk Down in depicting all of the little failures that add up to one big cluster on the battlefield -- at the cost of human lives. Provides the kind of background on the war that puts other books like Lone Survivor or Robert's Ridge into perspective. You need to read this if you want to understand the complex nature of our bizarre joint command structure, logistics and artillery support restrictions and other issues that make this war so maddening for the warfighter and confusing to our clueless politicians. We need more books on Afghanistan and this one is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under any circumstance should a soldier lead in battle, regardless of rank, unless they are qualified to do so. To allow this to happen can only be a criminal act against the soldiers, their family, and our country. With war, casualties will happen but any injury or death caused by incompetent leaders need to face serious consequences. Reading this book, after reading "Roberts Ridge", also pointed out to me that unless there is a competent chain of command many lives will continue to be loss. During Operation Anaconda not only were there too many leaders, too many of those leaders were under qualified, and out of the qualified leaders there were too many restrictions to allow them to perform to a high standard. This is a book that needs to be read by all present and future commanders. Hopefully they will learn arrogance and ignorance are two personality traits that need to be left out of their future decision process.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, this is the most definitive account of Operation Anaconda and the firefight on Takur Ghar (aka Roberts Ridge). The author was in Afghanistan and attached to the units that conducted the operation. He interviewed dozens and dozens of people who were there from the top generals to the basic squad leaders. The author does not throw politics (anti-Bush/anti-War) issues into the book. He does lay out a clear sequence of how and why things went the way they did during this battle. He offers critical comments by one source and then allows another source to counter the criticism. My only minor issue is that there are so many important people mentioned in this book that I sometimes found it hard to keep track of who was who even with the help of a printed list in the beginning of the book. It also takes about the first 1/3 of the book to cover all the issues that developed during the planning stage, but it is key in helping the reader understand the flow and confusion that resulted in the battle. There is a line in the book that sums it up in that sometimes no matter how well intended all the planners were for this operation, tragedy still resulted. This book helps to show that the military is not a machine, but rather a human entity that is capable of making mistakes.
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I have to admit sometimes reality differs from what the writer writes but take it from someone that was there this book brought back some memories but also filled in the blanks and it was interesting to find out why we didnt do this or why our mission was changed so often. With so many moving parts the author was able to link each part beautifuly. Recomended read for sure.
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FLshellseeker More than 1 year ago
Since I have a special friend who is now stationed at Kandahar, I found this book to be extremely ineresting and it gives me a better outlook on what is really going on over there. We, as Americans, have no clue as to what our military men are facing in this losing battle. Mr. Naylor has done an excellent job of telling us like it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent example or our brave soldiers, both regular and Special Forces during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan during 2002. You can taste the dust and smell the gun powder and even feel the danger our troops were in. The "Fog of War" is demonstrated throughout the battle. Also, the difficulty of multiple commands trying to run operations is well demonstrated. I highly recommend teading this book to get a good feel of Special Forces in action.
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good detailed but slow read, excellent reference
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to know how special forces shapes the world then read this book! These men are truly remarkable! And thank the lord they are on our side!
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Marsha11 More than 1 year ago
It seemed slow until I was captured by an excellent writing. I would not suggest this book for anyone looking for a fiction thriller. This is REAL combat, wtth our sons and daughters in the roles of REAL, living people. up against an enemy they did not choose. They are a full, volunteer, team of Americans, who are fighting against strangers, for the freedom of strangers in their own country.
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