Academic journal article Military Review

CONFRONTING THE CHAOS: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan

Academic journal article Military Review

CONFRONTING THE CHAOS: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan

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CONFRONTING THE CHAOS: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan, Sean M. Maloney, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 2009, 275 pages, $34.95.

Dr. Sean Maloney is Canada's designated military historian for his country's efforts in Afghanistan. He is a former Canadian Army combat arms officer who teaches at the Canadian Royal Military College War Studies Programme and is the strategic studies advisor to the Canadian Defence Academy. He has the frequent flyer miles to Afghanistan, the worn-out boots, and shredded rucksack to complete his credentials. His first book, Enduring the Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan, covers the 2002 to 2003 period of Canada's efforts in that wartorn land. Maloney's new book continues the coverage to 2005. Both are must-read books. Maloney provides the military historian's perspective to this crucial period with a reasoned, rational view that avoids the deadline distortion of news reporting. This is not to say it is a slow or academic read. Maloney is irreverent, acidic, and clearly not politically correct. The man is a biker who is often out-offavor with higher-ups in what he terms the "Canadian nanny state."

While the U.S. Army was focusing on Iraq in 2004 and 2005, Afghanistan was fighting for its life. There were three on-going wars: one against the post 9/11 Taliban and forces of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, another with the remnants of Al Qaeda, and another with the narcolords. …

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