Enduring The Freedom: A Rogue Historian in Afghanistan

(Washington DC: Potomac Books, 2005)

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“A veteran Canadian military historian and analyst appraises the post-9/11 coalition conflict in Afghanistan based on his first-hand experience there at the “sharp end” with US paratroopers, from high level with Kabul-based international peacekeepers, and much else in between.  A vivid yet insightful view of what the Global War of Terror really means in Afghanistan’s unforgiving mountains and churning cities. While Iraq gathers headlines, the Global War of Terror will likely be won – or lost – in Afghanistan.  Sean Maloney’s combination of on-the-ground experience in Afghanistan and his background as an experienced military historian and analyst brings real insight to a fascinating and strategically vital situation.  The characters he encounters are as vivid as fiction but all real:  the crack paratroopers, the obfuscating staff officers, the visiting millionaire media celebrities, and above all the Afghans.  In Afghanistan, elsewhere, it has been a new world since 9/11, and Sean Maloney has expertly chronicled a part of it.”

-David Isby, author of War in a Distant Country, Russia's War in Afghanistan and Leave No Man Behind


"Sean Maloney is one of my favorite observers of the contemporary geopolitical scene.  He is direct, uncompromising, brilliant and takes no prisoners. His observations and analytical bits are gems. His delivery is slice and dice. He is that rarest of academic creatures-a fun read.Enduring the Freedom deals with Afghanistan from the collapse of the Taliban movement (post-Operation Anaconda) to the invasion of Iraq.  It focuses on the coalition militaries as Sean joins soldiers from various nations as they patrol tough neighborhoods or  trudge the high, cold mountains in search of arms caches and people with bad attitudes.  A former professional soldier, Sean kept pace and, most important, understood what he was seeing.  This is a super book on a forgotten, yet vital campaign in a forgotten, but vital country."

-Les Grau, author The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan; The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War; The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost.


"Drawing upon his skills as a trained soldier and accomplished historian, Maloney provides a perceptive, first-hand account of NATO and American military operations at the cutting edge in Afghanistan.  His is a cautionary tale--much has been accomplished in the war on terrorism, but seriousobstacles to long-term regional stability remain.  Anyone involved in the war on terror, and who isn't, will profit from Maloney's insights and observations."

-Peter Kindsvatter, author of American Soldiers