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This is an auction for OPERATION SNAKEBITE: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AFGHAN DESERT SIEGE, by Stephen Grey.

"Magnificent... the fear, the courage, the uncertainty and the sheer mayhem of two days intensive fighting is frequently more vivid than any film."
- Mail on Sunday.

"Superb, fast-paced. Captures the grit and the gore, the exhaustion and emotion, the killing and the dying."
- The Guardian

"This is an uncommonly vivid portrait of battle, matched by sharp investigation of purposes, intrigues and cock-ups... Grey's descriptions of firefights are exemplary."
- Max Hastings in the Sunday Times (UK)

"A fascinating insight... a catalogue of doubt, criticism and anger."
- Financial Times (UK)

"A gripping and moving account."
- Soldier Magazine (UK)

"An exceptional piece of reportage."
- New Statesman

Amazon.com review:

"Coming up to Christmas, and reporter Stephen Grey is embedded with B Company, 2 Yorks, in southern Afghanistan during Operation Snakebite. Their mission: to take the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. For some this battle will be their last. In the thick of the fighting, Grey provides a breath-taking boots-and-bullets glimpse of combat chaos as British, American and Afghan forces struggle to secure a dusty little desert town known to be crucial to the drug trade. Operation Snakebite reveals everything you need to know about the brutal conflict in Afghanistan: from the political infighting and bureaucratic interference to the frontline troops soldiering on with unsuitable gear and poor intelligence."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2009.

356 pages + photographs.

New condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$9.95
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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