A Line in the Sand

A Line in the Sand

Canadians at War in Kandahar

eBook - 2011
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Perseus Publishing
In 2007–08, Dr. Ray Wiss, a former infantry officer, served with the Canadian Forces at forward operating bases in Khandahar's Panjwayi valley, the area experiencing the most intense combat in Afghanistan. He spent more time in the combat area than any other Canadian physician, and his successful first book, FOB Doc, was the diary of his time “outside the wire” during that tour of duty.

Captain Wiss's experience in Afghanistan convinced him that this conflict was a rare example of a moral war. When asked to return for an even longer tour of duty in the combat zone, he readily agreed. Once again, he kept a diary, writing with passion about the efforts, sacrifices and achievements of those Canadians who served with such distinction. Illustrated with over 100 colour photographs, A Line in the Sand tells us about virtually every kind of soldier fighting in Afghanistan: the bomb technician, the engineer, the combat medic, the “grunt” as well as about the Afghans, from whom we are seemingly so different yet with whom we share so much. It is an impassioned insider’s view of the war in Afghanistan and a convincing testament to why it matters.

Publisher: Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781553656548
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 393 p., [13] p. of plates) col. ill., col. ports


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May 01, 2016

An interesting glimpse into life on FOB in Afghanistan. Despite the bravado, this is a well-written book, and I especially appreciated the way Wiss introduces us to some of the other Canadian soldiers as well.

Jan 27, 2016

Best book I have read on the war in Afghanistan. Great insight into life on a FOB for Canadian soldiers. It also has a look at the people and soldiers of Afghanistan and their struggles against the Taliban. Some great jabs at the stupidity and ignorance of Canadian news media especially that scion of garbage, the CBC. Well worth reading.

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