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

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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.

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.

Praise For…

Praise for Not a Good Day to Die

“If you liked Black Hawk Down, you'll not be disappointed by Not a Good Day to Die...Extraordinary.”—New York Post

“Naylor has doggedly pursued the full story of Operation Anaconda from the time he was 'embedded' with 101st Airborne Division troops who fought in the battle...often against the wishes of [U.S.] admirable job of exposing [Operation Anaconda’s] many shortcomings.”—The Washington Post

“The best full-scale history of Operation Anaconda to date.”—Booklist

“Excellent.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780425207871
ISBN-10: 0425207870
Publisher: Dutton Caliber
Publication Date: March 7th, 2006
Pages: 464
Language: English

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