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This is an auction for A LONG ROAD TO PROGRESS: DISPATCHES FROM A KIWI COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN, by Colonel Richard Hall.

" As Commander of the New Zealand troops in the Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Hall gained a unique insight into the lives of Kiwi soldiers serving in a harsh climate amid daily threats, as well as into the lives of the locals - from the female governor trying to establish order in a patriarchal society, to the farmer scratching a living from an inhospitable land, to the orphaned girls destined to be sold into marriage at a young age. He vividly recalls his experiences, but also explains the vision he tried to implement on behalf of New Zealand. He tackles the complex issues involved in an army that seeks to bring both aid and a Western way of doing things to an Islamic country. And he offers an astute perspective on working with New Zealand troops, American soldiers, corrupt Afghani officials, intransigent aid organisations, while tackling crippling poverty, insurgent attacks, impossible terrain and severe weather. This is a fascinating view of New Zealand's role in Afghanistan."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Hall retired from the British Army in 2000 to live in New Zealand. He maintained his military roots, however, by becoming a member of the Reserve Forces. He volunteered to command the New Zealand contingent in Afghanistan, which he did from October 2008 to April 2009. In the 2010 New Years Honours list he was appointed as an Additional Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Large format (trade) paperback 2010.

213 pages + 24 pages of colour photographs.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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