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by Tom Carew

An ex-SAS soldier relates his experiences as the first Western agent to assist Afghanistan's Mujahideen in their fight against the invading Soviet army during the 1980s, describing covert operations and reconnaissance missions inside Afghanistan.
Download Jihad!: The Secret War in Afghanistan epub
ISBN: 1840183268
ISBN13: 978-1840183269
Category: History
Subcategory: Middle East
Author: Tom Carew
Language: English
Publisher: Trafalgar Square (March 1, 2001)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1753 kb
FB2 size: 1668 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 395
Other Formats: lit mobi azw txt

Raucous account of the early years of Western involvement in Afghanistan. Many old memories of a different time, when we were giant killers. We live and act in an imperfect grey world, but that does not mean one cannot define and determine black and white.
Yeah, I know this guy made the whole thing up. But I really wanted to see how far he went with his fabrication. Gave him 1 star because he's a fraud and 5 stars because the story is really neat and very well written. Average? 3 stars
Tom has provided the material for a quick adventure book that would
go no where except for the subject matter. I read the book in about
8 hours of reading. Enjoyed each moment, but it is not a deep
book, just a fast adventure story. It is however, not worth the
$ I paid(...).
It really is not necessary to buy his book, as I have stated, it is
a fast adventure book. Very light, easy reading. You can read the
whole book in one nights siting.
Dancing Lion
Simply a waste of time. Offers virtually nothing that helps understand Jihad, Afghanistan people/politics or the current situation. My guess is that Mr. Carew wrote this either to support his tough guy image among his grandchildren or with the hope of selling movie rights.
The Sphinx of Driz
Great information...
Jihad! covers the beginning of the Mujahedin fight against the Soviets in the early 1980s, as seen by a former British special forces soldier, directed to infiltrate, assess and train the forces opposing the USSR. Great topic? You bet it is!

Carew, though a source of phenomenal information that not many people can even dream of, is not a particularly good writer. His book reads more like a military situational report (and then this happened, and then this happened, and then....) than anything else, bringing the dryness and boredom to this fascinating time in history. The book starts off good, but seems to be full of fillers, as Carew seems to struggle with descriptions - fillers that far too often involve crass, out-of-place language.

There is no doubt that Carew was a great soldier. Maybe he should have hired someone to write his account for him. I would not recommend this book, unless one needs information on weaponry or tactics used in 1980. If one looks at it that way, the book is a good source of knowledge.
Not a book for serious researchers and those with military backgrounds. If you just like a good yarn, then go for it.

Tom Carew, real name Philip Sessarego, is a SAS groupie. I remember him from the years I lived in Hereford late 70s and early 80s. Hereford was home to the SAS and the SAS guys were pretty low-key. Then there were soldiers attached to to SAS, who could be anything from cooks to motor mechanics. A number of these guys tried their best to look SAS, wearing beepers and drinking in the pubs (i.e. The David Garrick) where SAS guys were supposed to hang out. Then, there was Sessarago, who was a category to himself. He left the Army in 1975, having failed acceptance into the SAS. He spent the years after that in a fantasy world, trying to look the part in his Land Rover, and supposedly, dabbling in some occasional private mercenary work overseas. I'm sure that Phil is a legend both in his own mind, and probably in his house.
Tom Carew, in recent press, has been reportedly uncovered as having made false claims about his service in Afghanistan. Regardless of what you believe or don't believe, the story is interesting in and of itself. While a lot of the data could have been gleaned from the countless books and reports written during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the book certainly has its moments. I rated the book 3 stars, not because of the claims made against Carew, but because the book as advertised when I bought it (early 2001 in the UK), purported to discuss Carew's operational experience in the Balkans. If you read the book hoping to see this aspect of his special operations career, you would have been sadly dissapointed. If Carew has lied about his special operations experience, the story makes for an interesting account nonetheless.