Operation Snakebite

Operation Snakebite : The Explosive True Story of an Afghan Desert Siege

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Coming up to Christmas, and reporter Stephen Grey is embedded with B Company, 2 Yorks, in southern Afghanistan during Operation Snakebite. Their mission: to take the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. For some this battle will be their last.

In the thick of the fighting, Grey provides a breathtaking boots-and-bullets glimpse of combat chaos as British, American and Afghan forces struggle to secure a dusty little desert town known to be crucial to the drug trade.

Operation Snakebite reveals everything you need to know about the brutal conflict in Afghanistan: from the political infighting and bureaucratic interference to the frontline troops soldiering on with unsuitable gear and poor intelligence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 279g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, maps, col. ports.
  • 0141038306
  • 9780141038308
  • 455,894

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A revealing, exceptional piece of reportage -- Michael Smith * New Statesman * A fascinating insight . . . a catalogue of doubt, criticism and anger -- David Crouch * Financial Times * The fear, the courage, the uncertainty, the gut-wrenching personal tragedies and the sheer mayhem of two days' intensive fighting is frequently more vivid than any film. Terrific -- Misha Glenny * Mail on Sunday * Grey manages to get across the chaos and the hellish fear experienced by those under fire at the sharp end of battle. Will long outlast the events it recounts * Sunday Herald * Superb, fast-paced. Captures the grit and the gore, the exhaustion and emotion, the killing and the dying. A fine piece of war reporting -- Raymond Bonner * Guardian * Exemplary. An uncommonly vivid portrait of battle, matched by sharp investigation of purposes, intrigues and cock-ups -- Max Hastings * Sunday Times *
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About Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey is a 41-year-old journalist based in London best known for his world-exclusive revelations on the CIA's secret rendition program. His first book Ghost Plane, on the subject of rendition, was published in 2006. He is a former editor on the Sunday Times' investigations unit.
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65 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 23% (15)
4 49% (32)
3 14% (9)
2 12% (8)
1 2% (1)
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