Not A Good Day To Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
At dawn on March 2, 2002, the first major battle of the 21st Century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mounta ...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
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
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
Naylor describes the problems in running a battle from thousands of miles away and the effect of Rumsfeld’s and Franks’ desire not to put huge numbers of American soldiers on the ground. He describes the confusing command relationship between CENTCOM ...more
How can American troops go into combat without proper support such as artillery or better communications? Troops died in this combat operation because troops couldn't communicate with one another largely because of interservice rivalries. There is the story of a medevac carried out at night when a helicopter carrying a team of seals jumped out and provided 360 security. In the meantime army personal, medevac medics, and others had to struggle in the cold t ...more
Before reading Not a Good Day to Die, I knew very little, if anything, about Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. It is a well-written account of the battle, and Naylor paints a vivid p ...more
However, I do appreciate his efforts to bring the background and disparate elements of t ...more
This reads like a 450-page After Action Report, with a little bit of romance novel thrown in. I'm not some bloodthirsty, kill-'em-all gore hound, looking for guys gunning down faceless bad guys like Rambo. I'm fine with a battle/war narrative that is mostly logistics, background and movements. This book is as much Congressional Investigation as it is narrative. There is a lot of "who's fault was this" and "figure out what happened after the fact" that took m ...more
The book starts with introducing the initial planning and political backgrounds leading up to reconnaissance operations by SOF teams in the Shahikot Valley, Afghanist ...more
The first half of the book is a bit dry and perhaps hard to follow. Mr. Naylor lays out the units ...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
It is almost unbelievable in this age of j ...more
There's a lot of detail, but it's explained out well and doesn't get overwhelming. It's a good view of how modern war is waged (and mis-managed).
Recommended to those interested in military history.
I read this book a month before I was deployed to Afghanistan and I wanted to know as much as possible about the war before I went.
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