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Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush: A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan Paperback – October 3, 2021

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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.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chris Woolf (October 3, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 173753035X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737530350
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches
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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 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
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
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