By Mark Bowden
Including items from the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, this assortment is Bowden at his most sensible. The titular article, The 3 Battles of Wanat,” tells the tale of 1 of the bloodiest days within the battle in Afghanistan and the extreme years-long fallout it generated in the usa army. In The Killing Machines,” Bowden examines the strategic, felony, and ethical matters surrounding armed drones. And in a super piece on Kim Jong-un, The vibrant sunlight of Juche,” he recalibrates our realizing of the world’s youngest and such a lot baffling dictator. additionally integrated are profiles of newspaper scion Arthur Sulzberger; well known protection legal professional and anti-death-penalty activist Judy Clarke; and David Simon, the author of The Wire.”
Absorbing and provocative, The 3 Battles of Wanat is an important assortment for enthusiasts of Mark Bowden’s writing, and for an individual who enjoys high-quality narrative nonfiction.
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Dave answered the knock on the front door minutes later. There were two soldiers in full uniform. ” she heard him ask. ” She knew immediately why they had come, and she collapsed on the spot. Dave Brostrom is a very tall, sandy-haired man with a long, lean face, a slightly crooked smile, and small deep-set blue eyes under a shock of blond eyebrows. When he talks about Jonathan, sadness seems etched in the lines around those small eyes. He moves with an athletic slouch, and his fair skin is weathered from years of island sun.
Others were firing from the rooftops of the village dwellings, from behind the bazaar, and from the cover afforded by the terrain on all sides. This was clearly a well-planned, well-supplied, coordinated assault. The mortar crew fought back with grenades and small arms, with the engineering squad feeding them ammo. They managed to fire off four mortars before machine-gun rounds began pinging off the tube. One RPG flew right through an opening in the HESCO wall, passing between Staff Sergeant Ryan Phillips, the crew leader, and Private Scott Stenowski, then on across the outpost to explode against the bazaar wall, setting it on fire.
This was in 2007, just as Jonathan was completing Ranger school … on his third try. He had been assigned to the First Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, a heavy armored unit that was slated for another tour in Iraq. Dave saw that the 173rd had recently been assigned a second tour in Afghanistan. So the maneuver actually satisfied both of the father’s objectives: he had helped move his son closer to his goal and also swing him away from Iraq, then the more treacherous of the army’s two theaters of war.