The Taliban Don't Wave

by Robert Semrau

On Sale: 05/28/2013

The Taliban Don't Wave

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The Taliban Don't Wave

by Robert Semrau

On Sale: 05/28/2013


About the Book

Captain Robert Semraus military trial made international headlines—a Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan arrested for allegedly killing a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in the field. The trial and its outcome are a matter of public record. What you are about to read about the tour of duty that inspired this book is not. What you are about to read is an emotionally draining and mind-snapping firsthand account of war on the ground in Afghanistan. It's raw and explosive. Names have been changed to protect the brave and not so brave alike. What you are about to read is an account of soldiers who live, fight and die in a moonscape of a country where its sometimes hard to tell your friend from your enemy. It's about trying to hold it together when a mortar attack is ripping your friends and allies apart, and your world unravels before your eyes. Rob Semrau wrote this book to tell us about the sheer hell that is the Stan, but also to recognize the incredible courage and compassion he witnessed in the heat of battle. The soldiers you are about to meet and the events that befall them will linger on in your mind long after you have closed these pages.

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Critical Praise

“An astonishing book. More than any account I’ve seen, it tells vividly and graphically what it’s like to be an infantry soldier in Afghanistan.” - Huffington Post

“A stark, searing portrait of the chaos in the Afghan war.” - Canadian Press

“An unvarnished view of [Semrau’s] experience mentoring Afghan troops.” - The Globe and Mail

“Semrau’s account of his tour is more than a valuable addition to the growing library chronicling this era of Canadian combat.” - Calgary Herald

“With its description of close encounters with roadside bombs and accounts of heroin-high Afghan police, his book is sure to give readers a more personal account of the war than they are likely to see in the mainstream media.” - The Waterloo Region Record

“[Semrau’s] words are the echoes of thousands of Canadian soldiers who have gone before from the Boer War to the War on Terror and all of the frustrations, danger and illogic that is a war zone.” - The Mackenzie Institute


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443427524
  • ISBN 10: 1443427527
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/28/2013
  • Pages: 312
  • List Price:9.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Military / General

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