A Line In The Sand

A Line In The Sand

Canadians At War In Kandahar

Book - 2011
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An impassioned insider's view of the Canadian soldier's war in Afghanistan and why it matters.

A Line in the Sand takes up where the bestselling Fob Doc left off-this time, with a focus on the Canadian soldier in Afghanistan. What Captain Ray Wiss saw in Afghanistan during his first tour there in 2007-08 convinced him that this conflict was a rare example of a moral war. When the Canadian Forces asked him to return to the combat area, he agreed. Once again, he kept a diary. This time, he wrote something completely different.

The conflict in Afghanistan continues to command the nation's attention. Written in an accessible and engaging style, A Line in the Sand 's goal is to ensure that the efforts, sacrifices and achievements of those Canadians who served with such distinction are never forgotten. Illustrated with over 50 colour photographs, A Line in the Sand tells us about virtually every kind of soldier fighting in Afghanistan: the bomb technician, the woman who lugs heavy artillery shells, the engineer, the tank driver, the combat medic, the "grunt." We accompany Captain Ray Wiss as he treats the casualties of war-Canadian, Afghan (civilian and military) and Taliban. We follow combat patrols through dangerous terrain. We learn about the Afghans, from whom we are seemingly so different yet with whom we share so much.

All profits from A Line in the Sand will be donated to the Military Families Fund, created by former chief of the defence staff General Rick Hillier to assist military families.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781553655923
Characteristics: xv, 393 p., [14] : col. ill., 24 cm.


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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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