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The Hardest Place


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Wesley Morgan is a military affairs reporter who most recently covered the Pentagon for two and a half years at Politico. He previously worked as a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., Iraq, and Afghanistan, contributing stories to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic and other publications. He is an alumnus of Princeton University.


"[Wesley] Morgan has written the definitive account of America's heroic but ultimately doomed effort in one of Afghanistan's most rugged regions. Having reported from there myself, I can say that his research is stunningly thorough and his writing style absolutely irresistible. If one book should be studied by the U.S. military for an unvarnished look at both its successes and failures, it should be this one."-Sebastian Junger, author of Tribe

"The Hardest Place captures the heroism, fear, and exultation of combat while laying out a damning portrait of military leaders who rushed into battle against an enemy they didn't understand and ultimately couldn't beat."-Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill

"This is the story of how America, with the best of intentions, great bravery, and a lot of firepower, got itself into a long and thankless struggle in a very hard place. Wes Morgan spent ten years reporting this story, and his digging and search for the truth have produced a compelling and timeless tale of men at war."-Evan Thomas, author of First: Sandra Day O'Connor

"Deeply reported, vividly told, The Hardest Place is not only the definitive account of America's longest battle in its longest war but also a cautionary tale for any policy maker who would plunge us into another war."-Elliot Ackerman, author of Red Dress in Black and White

"Vivid, balanced, and comprehensive, The Hardest Place illuminates the endless American war in Afghanistan as few other battle narratives have. Wesley Morgan has written a saga of courage and futility, of valor and error and heartbreak."-Rick Atkinson, author of the Liberation Trilogy and The British Are Coming: The War for America , Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

"America's war in Afghanistan is dangerous, complicated, and now in its second decade. Few books have told the real story of this lengthy conflict, but Wesley Morgan has pulled off this feat . . . The Hardest Place is one of the best books telling the story of America's longest war."-Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

"Readers who want to understand the war in Afghanistan and the experiences of those who fight in their name should read Wesley Morgan's impeccably researched and well-told story. . . . The Hardest Place explains not only why America's war in Afghanistan was bound to be difficult, but also why it has been much harder than it had to be."
-Lt. Gen. (Ret.) H. R. McMaster, former national security adviser and author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World

"A superb piece of writing . . . "-Emma Sky, director of Yale World Fellows and author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

"[An] impressive debut . . . Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the war in Afghanistan."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Superbly researched and smoothly written . . . an essential, thoroughly reported work."-Library Journal (starred review)

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