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  • THE FIFTH ACT - AMERICA''S END IN AFGHANISTAN Nouv.

    THE FIFTH ACT - AMERICA''S END IN AFGHANISTAN

    Elliot Ackerman

    • Penguin books usa
    • 9 Août 2022

    B>A powerful and revelatory eyewitness account of the American collapse in Afghanistan, its desperate endgame, and the wars echoing legacy/b>br>br>Elliot Ackerman left the American military ten years ago, but his time in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marines and, later, as a CIA paramilitary officer marked him indelibly.;When the Taliban began to close in on Kabul in August of 2021 and the Afghan regime began its death spiral, he found himself pulled back into the conflict. Afghan nationals who had, for years, worked closely with the American military and intelligence communities now faced brutal reprisal and sought frantically to flee the country with their families. The official US government evacuation process was a bureaucratic failure that led to a humanitarian catastrophe. With his former colleagues and friends, protecting the airport in Kabul, Ackerman was drawn into an impromptu effort alongside a group of journalists and other veterans to arrange flights and negotiate with both Taliban and American forces to secure the safe evacuation of hundreds.;These were desperate measures taken during a desperate end to America''s longest war, but the success the group achieved afforded a degree of redemption. And, for Ackerman, a chance to reconcile his past with his present.br>;br>The Fifth Act is an astonishing human document that brings the weight of twenty years of war to bear on a single week, at the conflict''s bitter end. Using the dramatic rescue efforts in Kabul as his lattice, Ackerman weaves in a personal history of the war''s long progress, beginning with the initial invasion in the months after 9/11. It is a play in five acts, the fifth act being the storys tragic denouement, a prelude to Afghanistan''s dark future.;Any reader who wants to understand what went wrong with the wars trajectory will find a trenchant accounting here. And yet The Fifth Act is not an exercise in;finger-pointing: it brings readers into close contact with a remarkable group of characters, American and Afghan, who fought the war with courage and dedication, in good faith and at great personal cost.;Understanding combatants experiences and sacrifices while reckoning with the complex bottom line of the post-9/11 wars is not an easy balance; it demands reservoirs of wisdom and the gifts of an extraordinary storyteller. It asks for an author willing to grapple with certain hard-earned truths. In Elliot Ackerman, this story has found that author. The Fifth Act is a first draft of history that feels like a timeless classic.;br>;

  • 2034 - A NOVEL OF THE NEXT WORLD WAR

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    • Penguin books usa
    • 9 Mars 2021

    A real page-turner, 2034 is a novel about a conflict we hope never happens. Drawing on their deep operational and diplomatic backgrounds, Admiral Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman have conjured a nightmare we desperately need to avoid. The novel is a cautionary tale for our times, and a reminder how quickly events can spin out of control--even before 2034. --Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense 2006-2011

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