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Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan by [Chris Woolf]
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"Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush is at once gripping, informative, suspenseful, and at times it reads like a thriller."
- Qais Akbar Omar, author of "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story."

"Chris Woolf has written a truly personal tale that is both gripping and historically significant for the war between the Soviet-backed government and Mujahidin in Afghanistan. His mix of personal, cultural, and wartime reflections make this a story well worth the time of Afghanistan aficionados and casual readers alike."
- Dr Jonathan Schroden, former strategic adviser to the US military's Central Command, and to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan

"Combat can feel like the ant on an elephant's tail: overwhelmed and along for the ride. Chris Woolf's memoir of his ten days in late 1991 "bumbling" into the war in Afghanistan is just such an up-and-down tale, with the momentary highs and gut-crushing lows common to combat. When the teenage goat herder fires his AK-47 in the first few pages - you'll know how that ant feels, just holding on, exhilarated, terrified, never really knowing what comes next."
- Lt-Col ML Cavanaugh, US Army; Senior Fellow, Modern War Institute at West Point; lead writer and co-editor, "Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict."

About the Author

Chris Woolf was a broadcast journalist with the BBC World Service for 34 years. He worked in London, Afghanistan, Malawi, Mozambique, but mostly in the United States, where he became News Editor for public radio's main international news show, The World. He was on-air for many years as the show's History Guy.In addition to writing, Woolf is Chief Operating Officer of a professional voiceover company, The Voice Depot. In his spare time, he researches and writes history, and explores family history. His passion is seeking the truth, whether in journalism, history or genealogy.He served in the UK's Territorial Army as an infantry soldier during the Cold War. He now lives in the United States. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09C3XXF42
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chris Woolf; 1st edition (October 4, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 4, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 152271 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Chris Woolf was a broadcast journalist with the BBC World Service for 34 years. He worked in London, Afghanistan, Malawi, Mozambique, but mostly in the United States, where he became News Editor for public radio’s main international news show, “The World.” He was on-air for many years as the show’s “History Guy.”

In addition to writing, Woolf runs a professional voiceover company, The Voice Depot. In his spare time, he researches and writes history, and explores family history. His passion is seeking the truth, whether in journalism, history or genealogy.

He served in the UK’s Territorial Army as an infantry soldier during the Cold War. He now lives in the United States.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical context, adventure travel and coming of age, all in one
By Michelle Redo on October 5, 2021
This book is equal parts a multifaceted Afghanistan history offering valuable insight to the country's status today, a ride-along adventure story from Kabul up and through the mountain range called the Hindu Kush, and candid personal history.

It's an on-the-ground scene-setter from waning days of Afghanistan's communist-backed regime. What's unique about Woolf's story is his military and journalist background gave him enough expertise to undertake a journey to Afghanistan in the waning days of the communist-backed government, while simultaneously being naive enough to undertake a journey to Afghanistan in the waning days of communist-backed government! What results is an endearing candor, and the courage to reveal his resulting trauma from the experience 30 years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at surviving in a war zone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at surviving in a war zone
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2021
Chris Woolf relates a visit to a BBC colleague in Kabul in 1991 to see if his army training prepares him for a real war. It doesn’t but he discovers as much about himself as about the beautiful and benighted land of Afghanistan. A rattling good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2021
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2021
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