Book Review: Lost in Kandahar by Alex BerensonPosted: December 9, 2015
I picked this up on the cheap and was curious to read a story about the war in Afghanistan. Berenson spent time with US troops coming to the end of their tour.
I knew going in this was going to be short, being a Kindle single but it was extremely brief and as such it robs Berenson of the time to really examine the men and the war in depth. There are glimpses that suggest he is an accomplished writer but it feels rushed and shallow.
It’s interesting to see the war from the ground perspective and the strained relationship between the coalition forces and the Afghans. It also showed me something about the war I hadn’t known, which was that the Taliban fighters took a winter break in order to capitalise on the springtime heat and it’s effect on the armoured Americans.
Berenson captures a sense of the tedium on base which lies in stark contrast to the tension of the soldiers’ patrols where they’re constantly at risk from IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
On the whole this book disappointed and I’ve read far more engaging and involved stories at men at war, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that Berenson probably could do a decent job, if he’d extended this a bit further.
Verdict: Far too short and lacking in real insight, a wasted opportunity. 3/10.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.