At one level Blood, Metal and Dust is a clear, dispassionate and succinct military history of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it is much more important than that. As the US and UK turn their backs too quickly on both wars, they are in danger of disregarding the lessons and so failing to profit from their experiences. This book puts that right. Ben Barry is forthright in his criticisms and depressingly correct in his conclusions. Blood, Metal and Dust is essential reading.
Sir Hew Strachan FBA FRSE, Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and former Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford.
With a soldier's eye for telling operational details, Ben Barry offers an authoritative, compelling and inevitably bleak account of the American and British campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
Blood, Metal and Dust is a seminal work that exploits newly available archival material to produce a riveting account of the allies' wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Armed with a keen scholarly eye and long military experience, Ben Barry dissects key decision points and pitched battles ranging from Tora Bora, Operation Medusa and Wanat in Afghanistan to the US Marines' Anbar campaign, Operation Viking Hammer in Kurdistan, and the Sadr City battle of 2008. His unsparing judgments should inform future war planning, making this book required reading for the policymaker and the practitioner alike.
Linda Robinson, Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation and author of 'Tell Me How This Ends'
The telling of this particular audit of war is accomplished with precision and with dispassionate honesty. This book is required reading.
Mark Barnes, War History Online
This is without doubt the best military history of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan I have read to date.
Blood, Metal and Dust is an essential, landmark work.
Mungo Melvin, The RUSI Journal
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