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Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone
Major Phil Ashby already had a reputation for surviving scrapes, where others would - and did - break bones and worse. His strength, resourcefulness and luck had been tested to the full during his career in the Royal Marines' elite Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre and various adventurous expeditions. That luck, however, appeared to have run out in May 2000, when he was wo ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by MacMillan
(first published May 10th 2002)
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I read this book many, many years ago and the imagery from the text and the atrocities witnessed by Ashby remain with me. Ashby, a former United Nations Peacekeeper, recounts his terrifying ordeal in Sierra Leone during the war of the 1990s. I absolutely recommend this book for anybody who is interested in the collapse of Sierra Leone at the hands of the RUF and other militia groups at the end of the 20th century. Although by no means a holistic and exhaustive account of the war, it provides an ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Paula rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Easy to read, and pretty well written. There was a bit of repetition, but for the most part this was a concise account of Major Ashby's life-to-date (being around 2001), with particular focus on his time in Sierra Leone. The more I read about Africa, the messier it looks, however. I admire those that spend their time trying to help and encourage those who live there.
Jul 15, 2017 Ram rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
True story of a UN peacekeeping gone horribly wrong in Sierra Leone in 2000. The inability of the UN unarmed peace keeping missions to return fire from rebel soldiers as young as 12 and 14 years comes out as horrifying especially when these child soldiers have no compunction in shooting down people. .
As a true account of Major Phil's training and subsequent deployment, this book is quite shocking, both in the matter of fact recitation of the feats he had to accomplish voluntarily to earn his place in various corps, and the atrocities seen and experienced in Sierra Leone. Without doubt he is a pretty astounding person, and very strong mentally. However, I did find the book a bit repetetive, and that combined with the horror of the situation, did make it a bit hard to read. Still, I'm glad tha ...more