• "The lessons drawn by James Fergusson are deeply uncomfortable; but his account cannot be ignored by anyone seriously interested in the future of the British armed forces"

    Douglas Hurd
  • "a riveting, blistering, deeply reported narrative of the recent British military interventions in Afghanistan"

    Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc.
  • "If you read anything on Afghanistan this year, then read this strong, intelligent book of crafted anger and insight"

    Anthony Loyd
  • "Fascinating... Succeeds brilliantly in detailing the emotional impact on soldiers killing for the first time and seeing comrades killed"

    The Sunday Times
  • "The only thoughtful and informed book to come out of the UK's venture into Helmand"

    Frank Ledwidge, Royal United Services Institute Journal