Reviews

  • Masterful, irrefutable… [Farrell] records all these military encounters with the irresistible pace of a novelist.

    Justin Marozzi, Sunday Times
  • Authoritative and provocative… For its range and breadth, it is a tour de force and a must read

    Robert Fox, Evening Standard
  • A devastating account of the Afghan saga

    Simon Jenkins, Guardian
  • The best book so far on Britain's recent war in Afghanistan...also beautifully written...the new material which Farrell has unearthed is remarkable

    Tim Willasey-Wilsey, International Affairs
  • There have been many books written on this subject, but Farrell's stupendous research, clear vision and succinct writing are likely to outlast them all

    Ahmed Rashid, Prospect
  • Remarkable… It is full of anecdotes gleaned from hundreds of diligent interviews with the players on the ground. And for a devotee of military history, it is a delight… Farrell’s masterpiece of a must-read… Magnificent

    Sherard Cowper-Coles, The Times
  • As a reminder of how not to prosecute a war in far-off place that has confounded the best efforts of many foreign powers over the centuries, Theo Farrell’s Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001-2014…is surely the last word on the subject

    Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard
  • Theo Farrell has written the definitive history of what was effectively the Fourth Anglo-Afghan War. His encyclopaediac knowledge of the thirteen-year-long struggle derives from interviewing many of the key decision-makers – on both sides - as well as an intimate knowledge of all the written sources. Well-sourced, well-written and riveting, Unwinnable should be studied by politicians and in military academies across the West. ‘How to’ books abound; this is the ultimate ‘How not to’ book.

    Andrew Roberts, author of NAPOLEON THE GREAT
  • With its broad scope and detail, Unwinnable is akin to an official history in the finest of British historical tradition. In fact, whenever the official history does come out, it will find itself in stiff competition with Farrell’s work.

    Carter Malkasian, Joint Force Quarterly
  • This penetrating and superbly researched book explains how the United Kingdom came to intervene in Afghanistan, how it tried to meet its objectives, and why these objectives could not be achieved.

    Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, author of STRATEGY: A HISTORY

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