Not A Good Day To Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
At dawn on March 2, 2002, over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew...more
What I didn't like was the authors clear slant against some of the forces involved in the battle, I found it detracted from...more
And definitely, due to micro-management of the battlefield, not enough of our Indians. Not a Good Day to Die, by Sean Naylor, is just a terrific battle-book. It's almost overwhelming in detail, but Naylor is a fine writer taking you, with effective prose, to the mountains of Afghanistan. You as a reader are there as an Al Queda warrior studies mysterious ATV tracks in the mud while nearby he's being marked by a special ops sniper. You are there on the slopes as a few brave guy...more
I now know the personality of each of the 1700 US troops involved in Operation Anaconda, when they first met each other, and what their first dogs were called. Also, what they had for breakfast. On every single day of the mission. Well, I suppose there were some days they didn't have breakfast.
Sadly, Naylor does not have the same talent for storytelling, and so I know almost nothing about Operation Anaconda, because that information was ki...more
Reviewers lauded Naylor's "meticulously reported" account (Oregonian). It includes in-person observations during the operation (Naylor was imbedded with the 101st Airborne Division troops who fought in the battle), and scores of after-the-fact interviews, many with sources who wouldn't allow themselves to be identified. His two-year undertaking to bring those 17 days to life yields an extraordinarily detailed account of the fateful mission. While a few critics felt that some aspects of the book...more
Spoiler alert!: Operation Anaconda was the first battle with 'conventional' forces (i.e. rangers, mountain infantry, etc., not the special forces and delta working with the native tribal warlords like some of you migh...more
It is almost unbelievable in this age of j...more
The first half of the book is a bit dry and perhaps hard to follow. Mr. Naylor lays out the units...more
Naylor isn't the world's greatest storyteller--and that's really the only thing holding this book back from five stars--but don't let that stop you from reading it. It's worth...more
Lumayan menarik, sebuah laporan semi-jurnalistik tentang sebuah operasi militer gabungan Amerika Serikat di pegununungan Afganistan untuk menggasak kantung-kantung Al Qaeda. Menang peralatan perang yang serba canggih, tapi tak otomatis memenangkan penguasaan medan yang memang sulit, pegunungan berbatu nyaris tanpa vegetasi di bekunya puncak musim dingin.
Just a warning: there is a lot of language (as usual).