Not a Good Day to Die by Sean Naylor
The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda

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Award-winning combat reporter Sean Naylor reveals how close American forces came to disaster in Afghanistan against Al Qaida—after easily defeating the ragtag Taliban that had sheltered the terrorist organization behind the 9/11 attacks.

At dawn on March 2, 2002, over two hundred soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Divisions flew into the mouth of a buzz saw in Afghanistan's Shahikot Valley. Believing the war all but over, U.S. military leaders refused to commit the extra infantry, artillery, and attack helicopters required to fight the war's biggest battle— a missed opportunity to crush hundreds of Al Qaida's fighters and some of its most senior leaders.

Eyewitness Naylor vividly portrays the heroism of the young, untested soldiers, the fanaticism of their ferocious enemy, the mistakes that led to a hellish mountaintop firefight, and how thirteen American commandos embodied "Patton's three principles of war"—audacity, audacity, and audacity—by creeping unseen over frozen mountains into the heart of an enemy stronghold to prevent a U.S. military catastrophe.


About Sean Naylor

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Sean Naylor, a senior writer for the Army Times, has covered the Afghan mujahideen's war against the Soviets, and American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His coverage of Operation Anaconda earned him the White House Correspondents' Association's prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award. Naylor was named one of the 22 most influential unsung print reporters in Washington by American Journalism Review in May 2002.
Published March 1, 2005 by Berkley. 448 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Romance. Non-fiction

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While a few critics felt that some aspects of the book were unbalanced, all agreed that Naylor did a good job in portraying the drama, heroism, and blunders that defined Anaconda while raising broader issues of warfare and its ultimate purpose.

Jan 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Not a Good Day to Die: The Un...

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Now the goal was to stop the fleeing enemy forces from slipping away into Pakistan.In early 2002, the Taliban and al Qaida were pinpointed in eastern Afghanistan's Shahikot Valley, a rocky safe haven where they could ride out the harsh winter, plan a spring offensive and escape to Pakistan.

Mar 24 2005 | Read Full Review of Not a Good Day to Die: The Un...

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