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The Fifth Act by Elliot Ackerman
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Aug 09, 2022 | ISBN 9780593492048

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“Powerful testimony to what went wrong despite the bravery of American military personnel and our Afghan Allies . . . Ackerman’s tales are compelling and heartfelt; this title will stand the test of time as a warning against further military misadventures.” —Booklist

“The American betrayal of Afghanistan took twenty years. Elliot Ackerman, a participant and witness, tells the story with unsparing honesty in this intensely personal chronicle.” —George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

“[A] haunting memoir . . . a harrowing portrait of chaos and collapse . . . Writing in evocative, gripping prose . . . Ackerman provides a clear-eyed indictment of America’s failures in Afghanistan while paying homage to the soldiers who fought there. The result is a moving elegy for a blighted struggle.” Publishers Weekly
 
“Making sense of chaos is never easy, but this powerful book does much to explain why America’s debacle in Afghanistan ended the way it did . . . Courage and folly, dedication and tragedy: Ackerman deftly captures all dimensions of a protracted foreign policy failure . . . A must-read account of the end of America’s longest war.” Kirkus (starred review)

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