The Valley

The Valley

Book - 2015
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"A former Army Captain's gripping portrait of a fighting division holding a remote outpost in Afghanistan reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, The Yellow Birds, and Matterhorn. There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. Black didn't even know its proper name. But he knew about the Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst. It lay deeper and higher in the mountains than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Stories circulated periodically, tales of land claimed and fought for, or lost and overrun, new attempts made or turned back, outposts abandoned and reclaimed. They were impossible to verify. Everything about the Valley was myth and rumor. The strung-out platoon Black finds after traveling deep into the heart of the Valley, and the illumination of the dark secrets accumulated during month after month fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land, provide a shattering portrait of men at war"--
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780525954866
Characteristics: 433 pages ;,24 cm.


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May 26, 2018

Well-done tale of intrigue and duty in a US Army unit operating in the outpost war phase of the Afghanistan war. Author is a former Soldier and gets the details, large and small, correct.

Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015
best 2015

Apr 09, 2015

@csut - for the benefit of those of us who can't get behind the wsj paywall, how about letting us know what it said instead?


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May 15, 2015

Everyone's gotta decide how to deal with the Taliban his own way,...

May 15, 2015

So we don't get a lot of spare time to chase incoming jihadi tourists all up and down through the hills. We mostly try to just kill'em when they try to kill us.

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