KANDAK by Patrick Hennessey
Fighting with Afghans

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The style that served him before doesn't work so well in this more reflective work. Kandak is useful as a contribution to an important subject but it is not the last word.
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When the author returned home from Afghanistan, battle-worn, exhilarated, unsure if he'd see anything like it in his life again, he left behind him bands of friendship forged in the heat of the moment between living and dying. This title presents the story of how these lasting bonds were made.
 

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Patrick Hennessey was born in 1982 and educated at Berkhamsted School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English. On leaving university he joined the Army and served from 2004 to 2009 as an officer in The Grenadier Guards. In between guarding towers, castles and palaces he worked in the Balkans, Africa, South East Asia, the Falkland Islands and deployed on operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. On leaving the Army he wrote his first book The Junior Officers' Reading Club, a memoir of a brief but eventful stint in uniform. He is now a barrister.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Allen Lane. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War.
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Reviewed by Rodric Braithwaite on Sep 15 2012

The style that served him before doesn't work so well in this more reflective work. Kandak is useful as a contribution to an important subject but it is not the last word.

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