• "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