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The War in Afghanistan officially began in 2001, following the September 11 attacks on the United States with the goal of dismantling the al-Qaeda terrorist organization and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base. Today the United States and its allies remain in Afghanistan in an effort to prevent the Taliban from returning to power and creating an environment that allows al-Qaeda to plan terrorist attacks. In recognition of the efforts and sacrifice of those who have served in Afghanistan, the U.S. Government Printing Office offers for sale a collection of publications highlighting the history, political and military efforts, operations and challenges of the longest running war in the history of our nation.

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War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011 (Paperback)

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University Press

Description: War, Will, and Warlords compares the reasons for and the responses to the insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan since October 2001. The book also examines the lack of security and the support of insurgent groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the 1970s that explain the rise of the Pakistan-supported Taliban. It explores the border tribal areas between the two countries and how they influence regional stability and U.S. security. In addition, explains the implications of what happened during this 10-year period to provide candid insights on the prospects and risks associated with bringing a durable stability to this area of the world.

Year/Pages: 2011: 286 p.; ill., maps.

Price: $32.00 Add To Cart

Understanding War in Afghanistan

Publisher: Defense Dept., National Defense University

Description: Understanding War in Afghanistan provides military leaders, civil servants, diplomats, and students with the intellectual basis that they need to begin to prepare for further study of or an assignment in Afghanistan. This book analyzes the land and its people, recaps Afghan history, and assesses the current situation. It also examines the range of choices for future U.S. policy toward Afghanistan.

Year/Pages: 2011: 157 p.; ill.

Price: $18.00 Add To Cart

Afghanistan: Alone & Unafraid

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University Press

Description: This beautiful book of photographs from the U.S. Marine Corps transports you from the scholar’s study directly to the landscape and people of that starkly beautiful and troubled country. The first part of the book consists of photos shot in the countryside, using both color and black and white images to bring to life the mountains and plains, but above all the faces - faces of bearded men, women in head scarves, and smiling children - lots of children. The second part of the book switches to the Afghan National Army, or ANA. Here, the images are more of men in the process of learning the arts of modern Western warfare than of green troops in basic training.

Year/Pages: 2010: 108 p.; ill.

Price: $47.00 Add To Cart

A Different Kind of War: The United States Army in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, October 2001 - September 2005

Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Combat Studies Institute, Contemporary Operations Study Team

Description: A Different Kind of War is the first comprehensive study of the US Army’s experience in Afghanistan during the first 4 years of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). It focuses on Army operations in the larger Joint and Coalition campaign that evolved between October 2001 and September 2005. Beginning with a description of the successful offensive against the Taliban regime, launched in late 2001 in response to the attacks of 9/11, the book then shifts to the less well-understood campaign that began in 2002 to establish a peaceful and politically stable Afghanistan. This study sheds a great deal of light on the overall course of OEF.

Year/Pages: 2010: 411 p.; ill.

Price: $11.00 Add To Cart

On the Ground in Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency in Practice

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University Press

Description: On the Ground in Afghanistan provides a glimpse into what relatively small military units, teams, platoons, companies, and highly dispersed battalions have done to roll back the insurgency in some of the more remote areas of Afghanistan. The book examines counterinsurgency at the tactical and local levels. Includes 15 vignettes about different units from the U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, and U.S. Army Special Forces; the British Army and Marines; the Dutch Army and Marines; and the Canadian Army.

Year/Pages: 2012: 198 p.; ill.

Price: $18.90 Add To Cart

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq and Beyond

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University

Description: Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq and Beyond contains the works presented at a symposium sponsored by Marine Corps University and the Marine Corps University Foundation in Washington, D.C. on 23 September 2009. The book examines how counterinsurgency leadership has often meant the difference between success and failure. It identifies best practices in counterinsurgency leadership. It also explores methods for leadership improvement.

Year/Pages: 2011: 210 p.; ill.

Price: $22.00 Add To Cart

United States Army in Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Freedom, October 2001-March 2002

Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History

Description: A powerful story of the first military efforts to strike back at the terrorist organization al Qaeda in the aftermath of its 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Al Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, believed he and his followers living and training under the protection of the Taliban regime in the far-off mountains of Afghanistan were beyond the reach of American arms. Richard W. Stewart in his penetrating essay on the early critical months of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM proves that bin Laden was wrong, chronicling how American, coalition, and allied Afghan units in a matter of months overthrew the Taliban regime and drove the al Qaeda into worldwide flight.

Year/Pages: 2004: 46 p.; ill.

Price: $2.25 Add To Cart

U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001-2002: From the Sea

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps

Description: U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001-2002: From the Sea is more than the story of Marine expeditionary operations in Afghanistan. It tells the story of how America became involved in the Global War on Terrorism; who our nation�s enemies are; and how the Marine Corps struggled to acquire a major role in Operation Enduring Freedom; as well as the actions of Marines and sailors who helped prosecute the air and ground campaigns against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces.

Year/Pages: 2011: 410 p.; ill.

Price: $37.50 Add To Cart

Enduring Voices: Oral Histories of the U.S. Army Experience in Afghanistan, 2003-2005

Publisher: Defense Dept., Army, Center of Military History

Description: Enduring Voices represents a new venture for the U.S. Army Center of Military History: an anthology of oral histories. It is an anthology of sixteen oral histories that chronicle the establishment of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. Includes a lengthy interview with Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, the first commander of the new headquarters, in which he discusses the strategic challenges of Afghanistan, the coordination of political and military efforts by his command, and the development and implementation of a counterinsurgency strategy that considered the complexity of the Afghan insurgency.

Year/Pages: 2008: 579 p.; ill.

Price: $68.00 Add To Cart

When It Mattered Most: Remembering Our Fallen Medical Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan (Hardcover)

Publisher: Defense Dept.

Description: From Yorktown to Gettysburg, at Belleau Wood and Midway, in the freezing Korean winters and the sweltering jungles of Vietnam, our military medical personnel have been on the battlefield to save their buddies. While often we focus on the elaborate technologies, the dramatic helicopter rescues, or the new medicines, it is the people that make every single thing happen. Today's military medical personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world are upholding that long, proud tradition of caring and sacrifice for their fellow comrades in arms, risking and even losing their own lives. When It Mattered Most is their story. Includes a biography, portrait and family photos for each soldier listed.

Price: $81.00 Add To Cart

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007

Publisher: Defense Dept., Office of the Surgeon General, Borden Institute

Description: This comprehensive publication from The Borden Institute, an agency of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center & School, describes the management of nearly 100 cases of acute combat trauma, conducted in the forward austere operative environment of war in the 21st century. Presented with accurate and vivid surgical photos, the cases encompass the spectrum of trauma that characterizes war today, as well as the medical interventions constantly evolving to treat these wounds. With the most recent cases reported from combat hospitals within months of publication, this book presents emerging medical-surgical practice in real time. The authors discuss in detail such topics as: damage control surgery; aggressive management of compartment syndrome; Soft-tissue coverage of wounds and more. War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq provides all medical professionals with insights into the extraordinary technical, clinical, and ethical challenges of their deployed colleagues.

Year/Pages: 2008: 464 p.; ill.

Price: $71.00 Add To Cart

Applications in Operational Culture: Perspectives From the Field

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps, Marine Corps University

Description: : Reflecting the growing emphasis on understanding cultural factors, Applications in Operational Culture contains six chapters discussing the importance of incorporating culture into current and future operations. Several of the authors draw extensively on their personal operating experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing important 'boots on the ground' perspectives. Others carefully evaluate our current capacity in light of the cultural challenges we will face in future deployments around the globe: offering potential solutions for the future. The chapters contained in this book offer opportunity to capture and learn important cultural lessons from our Marines and fellow service members as they pass through the halls of the university.

Year/Pages: 2009: 197 p.; ill.

Price: $20.00 Add To Cart

Rethinking a Middle East in Transition

Publisher: Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps, Marine Corps University and the Middle East Institute

Description: Presents the opinions of an array of experts on the region, drawn from their presentations at the Middle East Institute's 64th Annual Conference in November 2010, on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution. Topics include the Arab-Israeli peace process; Iran and its role in the region; the challenges of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan; condition in Iraq as the U.S. withdraws its forces; the Obama administration's policies in response to these issues and more.

Year/Pages: 2011: 232 p.; ill.

Price: $29.00 Add To Cart

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 32--National Defense

Title 32--National Defense is composed of six volumes. The parts in CFR Title 32 are arranged in the following order: parts 1-190, parts 191-399, parts 400-629, parts 630-699, parts 700-799, and part 800 to End. The contents of these volumes represent all current regulations codified under this title of the CFR as of July 1, 2011. CFR Title 32, National Defense is available in single volumes at various prices. For more information please visit GPO's Bookstore at

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 32, National Defense, Pt. 1-190, Revised as of July 1, 2011

Publisher: National Archives and Records Administration, Office of the Federal Register

Description: Contains the current regulations issued by the Department of Defense under this title of the CFR as of July 1, 2011.

Year/Pages: 2011: 859 p.

Price: $67.00

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 32, National Defense, Pt. 800-End, Revised as of July 1, 2011

Publisher: National Archives and Records Administration, Office of the Federal Register

Description: Contains the current regulations issued by the Department of Department of the Air Force, Defense Logistics Agency, Selective Service System, National counterintelligence Center, Central Intelligence Agency, Information Security Oversight Office, National Security Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office for Micronesian Status Negotiations, and the Office of the Vice President of the United States under this title of the CFR as of July 1, 2011.

Year/Pages: 2011: 639 p.

Price: $53.00

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