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LocationClark County
Call No958.1047 Acke
TitleThe fifth act : America's end in Afghanistan / Elliot Ackerman.
AuthorAckerman, Elliot. author.
Total Circ1
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StatusLocationBarcodeCall NoCreated OnIssue NameCirc StatusTemp Loc
 Clark County30293102004194958.1047 Acke8/16/2022 AvailableClark County

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International Standard Book Number 9780593492048 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 0593492048 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 9780593492055 (ebook)
Personal Name Ackerman, Elliot. author.
Title Statement The fifth act : America's end in Afghanistan / Elliot Ackerman.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2022.
Physical Description 276 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm.
Formatted Contents Note Act I. The convoy of 109 -- Act II. The second convoy -- Act III. The north gate -- Act IV. The abbey gate -- Act V. The fifth act.
Summary, Etc. "A powerful and revelatory eyewitness account of the American collapse in Afghanistan, its desperate endgame, and the war's echoing legacy Elliot Ackerman left the American military ten years ago, but his time in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marines and, later, as a CIA paramilitary officer marked him indelibly. When the Taliban began to close in on Kabul in August of 2021 and the Afghan regime began its death spiral, he found himself pulled back into the conflict. Afghan nationals who had, for years, worked closely with the American military and intelligence communities now faced brutal reprisal and sought frantically to flee the country with their families. The official US government evacuation process was a bureaucratic failure that led to a humanitarian catastrophe. With his former colleagues, and friends, protecting the airport in Kabul, Ackerman was drawn into an impromptu effort alongside a group of journalists, and other veterans, to arrange flights and negotiate with both Taliban and American forces to secure the safe evacuation of hundreds. These were desperate measures taken during a desperate end to America's longest war, but the success they achieved afforded a degree of redemption. And, for Ackerman, a chance to reconcile his past with his present. The Fifth Act is an astonishing human document that brings the weight of twenty years of war to bear on a single week at its bitter end. Using the dramatic rescue efforts in Kabul as his lattice, Ackerman weaves in a personal history of the war's long progress, beginning with the initial invasion in the months after 9/11. It is a play in five acts, the fifth act being the story's tragic denouement, a prelude to Afghanistan's dark future. Any reader who wants to understand what went wrong with the war's trajectory will find a trenchant accounting here. And yet The Fifth Act is not an exercise in finger-pointing: it brings readers into close contact with a remarkable group of characters, American and Afghan, who fought the war with courage and dedication, in good faith and at great personal cost. Understanding combatants' experiences and sacrifices while reckoning with the complex bottom line of the post-9/11 wars is not an easy balance; it demands reservoirs of wisdom and the gifts of an extraordinary storyteller. It asks for an author willing to grapple with certain hard-earned truths. In Elliot Ackerman, this story has found that author. The Fifth Act is a first draft of history that feels like a timeless classic"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Ackerman, Elliot.
Subject-Corporate Name United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Subject-Corporate Name United States. Marine Corps. Marine Regiment, 8th. Battalion, 1st.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Afghan War, 2001-2021 Evacuation of civilians.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Paramilitary forces Afghanistan.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Afghan War, 2001-2021 Personal narratives, American.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Afghan War, 2001-2021 Peace.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Disengagement (Military science)

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