The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan Flavelle

The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan

byRyan Flavelle

Paperback | November 13, 2012

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The national bestseller and instant classic about Canada's war in Afghanistan

Longlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

In 2008, Ryan Flavelle, a reservist in the Canadian Army and a student at the University of Calgary, volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. For seven months, twenty-four-year-old Flavelle, a signaller attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, endured the extreme heat, the long hours and the occasional absurdity of life as a Canadian soldier in this new war so far from home. Flavelle spent much of his time at a Canadian Forward Operating Base (FOB), living among his fellow soldiers and occasionally going outside the wire. For one seven-day period, Flavelle went into Taliban country, always walking in the footsteps of the man ahead of him, meeting Afghans and watching behind every mud wall for a sign of an enemy combatant. The Patrol is a gritty, boots-on-the-ground memoir of a soldier’s experience in the Canadian Forces in the 21st century. It is about why we fight, why men and women choose such a dangerous and demanding job, and what their lives are like when they find themselves back in our ordinary world.

About The Author

RYAN FLAVELLE joined the Canadian Forces reserves as a signaller in 2001, and in 2007 he volunteered to go to Afghanistan. On returning, he took on graduate studies at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. His research into battle exhaustion during the Second World War took first prize in the Journ...

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Title:The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in AfghanistanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443407186

ISBN - 13:9781443407182

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“If this is the most illuminating book yet written on the fight in Afghanistan--and I think that it is--its virtue stems from its absorbing point of view . . . The Patrol is simply the story of a young man ordered to do an impossible job.”