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We may never unravel all the mysteries of those 102 days. Bin Laden took some of them with him to his grave in the Arabian Sea. Others are still concealed in the archives of the Pakistani intelligence service. But 102 Days of War is an essential book that provides the best account by far of what happened that fall and why. It is also a major contribution to understanding the leadership strengths and weaknesses of a presidency under siege.”

—From the Foreword by Bruce Riedel
Senior Advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four U.S. presidents

“Yaniv Barzilai has written a superb and well-researched account of the opening days of the Afghan War. It is rich in lessons learned and insightful descriptions of the decisions and actions that occurred. This should be recommended reading for all senior political and military leaders in order to understand the consequences of muddled decisions and planning. The heroic actions of a few courageous men on the ground are also marvelously captured by Yaniv.”

—General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Retired)
Former Commanding General of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

“This deeply researched account of those critical days after the 9/11 attack provides enormous new insight into why the Bush administration failed to capture Osama bin Laden and how the seeds of failure for the American presence in Afghanistan were laid down from day one.”

—Ahmed Rashid
Author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

“I was in Afghanistan for many of the 102 days of war described by Yaniv Barzilai. This gripping story is full of insights and captures the feel of those tumultuous days.”

—Nathaniel Fick
Author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
and former CEO of the Center for a New American Security

102 Days of War provides an insightful look at the U.S. challenges in Afghanistan, especially the missed opportunities in targeting al Qaeda.”

—Seth G. Jones
Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and
Author of In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan