New York Times Book Review 02/27/2011
"The Next Impasse" by Dexter Filkins
"In his remarkable book, "The Wrong War", Bing West [...presents] a crushing and seemingly irrefutable critique of the American plan in Afghanistan. It should be read by anyone who wants to understand why the war there is so hard."
"The strength of West’s book is the legwork he’s done. Most accounts of America’s wars, particularly those by former military officers, are written in the comfort of an office in the United States. Not so here. At age 70, West, the author of several books on America’s wars, went to Afghanistan and into the bases and out on patrols with the grunts, waded through the canals, ran through firefights and humped up the mountains. Embedding with American troops in God-forsaken places like Kunar and Helmand Provinces is hard business. What drives this man? West is worth a book in himself. "
Marine Corps Gazette March 2011
"An Exit Strategy for Afghanistan" Review of The Wrong War by Col. T.X. Hammes
"Bing provides context over time that pointedly illustrates both the grit of our forces and
the failure of the current approach.
West is at his strongest in describing the action at the platoon level. His willingness
to go to the very tip of the spear, combined with the experience to truly understand and interpret what he is seeing, brings both immediacy and empathy to his narration. For those Marines bound for Afghanistan, it provides a wealth of tactical scenarios that will enhance their training."
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