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Not a Good Day to Die

The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
Auteur(s): Sean Naylor
Narrateur(s): John Henry Cox
Durée: 19 h et 36 min
Catégories: Histoire, Amériques
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 évaluations)

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At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Division flew into Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kotvalley - and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, high-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.

Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the battle, details the failures of military intelligence and planning and vividly portrays the astonishing heroism of these young, untested US soldiers. Denied the extra support with which they trained, these troops nevertheless proved their worth in brutal combat and prevented an American military disaster.

©2005 Sean Naylor (P)2007 AudioGO Ltd.

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  • Ann
  • 2016-11-14

50/50

50% story 50% after Action Report. well written and extremely well narrated. this book tells the story of operation Anaconda in a very detail-oriented way. it gives the account of the Warriors on the ground taking fire to the generals far removed and everyone in between, exposing the listener to the complex reality that is Modern Combat. if you're looking for a book purely about firefights this may not be for you but if you want to hear the in depth history behind the battle you will find this book to be fascinating. because this book was written in 2004 new information has become available and I highly recommend reading Pete Blaber; The Mission, The Men, and Me (2008) and Malcolm MacPherson; Roberts Ridge (2005) which fills in the holes on TF 11, AFO, TF Green, and TF blue.

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  • linnea woodson
  • 2016-04-15

Thorough, well read.

Very detailed. I recommend, prior to listening, a primer with maps of the area and being familiar with the command structure and names of officers at colonel level and higher.

This will allow you to focus on and understand the small unit tactics, team work and events which are truly the most inspirational part of this book.

Jimmy
Manteo, NC

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  • Timothy Martinez
  • 2019-07-24

turning the battle

quick reaction force turned operation Anaconda around . Was a very good listen. i have listen to it twice now. Just so i didnt miss anything.

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  • Broseph Stalin
  • 2019-04-12

3rd Read

This is the 3rd book I've listened to or read on Operation Anaconda. This being the only book written by a non-sof member, I really appreciated the external perspective and due diligence performed by the author to pull the info from every corner of the op. Naylor displayed a deep understanding of the community, more so than I'd expect from an outsider anyway. Absolutely worth the read.

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  • NL_Guy
  • 2019-02-09

Fantastic

Absolutely the best account of OP Anaconda and Robert’s Ridge. This is a well told story of courageous soldiers, a few great leaders and some absolutely PsOS leaders.

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  • Dr. Jonathan Newman
  • 2016-01-15

Excellent history of an important engagement

Really helps the reader understand the early years of Afghanistan. The paradox is that it was both the US Military at its finest and also its worst simultaneously. Naylor is an excellent writer. I enjoyed this as much or more than Relentless Strike, which is also a must read. It would help to have a map while you listen. I did not and still managed to follow the story, but a map would make it better.

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  • R. Denton
  • 2016-01-11

Probably okay to read, horrible to hear

What disappointed you about Not a Good Day to Die?

Incredibly boring narration/reading. This might be okay to read, though it really needs a lot of editing. Every aspect has to be explored in ridiculous detail as it assumes the reader/listener has no prior knowledge of history, the military or even the distinction between Army and Navy. I'm only in to Chapter 9 and am abandoning the book as not worth the tortuous time to wait and see if it ever gets better.

Would you recommend Not a Good Day to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

No. This book is trying to be everything at once, and succeeds only in being very boring. The writer simply has no ability to tell a story. Instead he substitutes tons of little bits of trivia and name-dropping and detailed explanation of the difference between Army and Navy special operators. There may actually be a pony in this pile somewhere, but I'm not willing to dig through the pile to see if there is.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No change of pace or tone whether describing a hot insertion or background history, or fuel consumption logistics.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I can find. It's much too detailed and scattered for someone that's not already a military history fan. At the same time it goes into details and history bits that assume the reader has no prior knowledge of anything.

Any additional comments?

Good editing and a different narrator cold probably save this, but it's too late now. Sure wish I could preview bits of audio books here the way you can for music on iTunes store.

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  • Justin Hickman
  • 2020-02-29

Listen to it at 1.25 speed for better effect:-)

I had previously read another reader’s audible review who said this book’s narrator read too slow and therefore was disappointed in the story. I found by listening to “Not a Good Day to Die” read by John Henry Cox at 1.25 or 1.5 speed, it gave the story a level of excitement and “on edge” feeling. I really enjoyed this book because of the background and research to set the foundation to understand the fight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-03

Incredible story, great read

Really great story, very entertaining and accurate. Also good knowledge and lessons learned here in leadership.

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  • Steven McAlpIn
  • 2019-02-25

Accurate

I served as a civil Affairs officer at Bagram during operation Anaconda. I thought I knew a lot, but this book really opened the door into truth about the US Military and it's tremendous power and fortitude. I wasn't surprised as I learned of the complicated issues regarding chain of command, arrogance, and miscommunication. this book was a total revelation that completes my understanding of events surrounding operation Anaconda.