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Author Ledwidge, Frank.

Title Investment in blood : the real cost of Britain's Afghan War / Frank Ledwidge
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (pages cm)
Contents Part 1: The human cost. Helmand and the 'Angrez' ; Military suffering ; Killing the wrong people. -- Part 2: The financial cost. Military costs ; Financial element of death and injury ; Developing Afghanistan. -- Part 3: And for what? And for what? -- Afghanistan ; And for what? -- security. -- Conclusion
Summary "In this follow-up to his much-praised book Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge argues that Britain has paid a heavy cost - both financially and in human terms - for its involvement in the Afghanistan war. Ledwidge calculates the high price paid by British soldiers and their families, taxpayers in the United Kingdom, and, most importantly, Afghan citizens, highlighting the thousands of deaths and injuries, the enormous amount of money spent bolstering a corrupt Afghan government, and the long-term damage done to the British military's international reputation. In this hard-hitting exposé, based on interviews, rigorous on-the-ground research, and official information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Ledwidge demonstrates the folly of Britain's extended participation in an unwinnable war. Arguing that the only true beneficiaries of the conflict are development consultants, international arms dealers, and Afghan drug kingpins, he provides a powerful, eye-opening, and often heartbreaking account of military adventurism gone horribly wrong."-- Publisher's website
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Afghan War, 2001- -- Campaigns -- Afghanistan -- Helmand.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Casualties -- Afghanistan -- Helmand.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Casualties -- Great Britain.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Economic aspects -- Great Britain.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Participation, British.
Civilian war casualties -- Afghanistan -- Helmand.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 030019062X
0300194889 electronic bk
9780300194883 electronic bk