The Taliban Don't Wave by Robert SemrauThe Taliban Don't Wave by Robert Semrau

The Taliban Don't Wave

byRobert Semrau

Paperback | July 16, 2013

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The national bestseller about one soldier’s battle against the Taliban and for his own future

A Hill-Times Book of the Year

Captain Robert Semrau’s military trial made international headlines—a Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan arrested for allegedly killing a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in the field. For more than two years, Semrau faced an uncertain future that hinged on an incident blurred by the fog of war.

In The Taliban Don’t Wave, Semrau has written an emotionally draining and mind-snapping first-hand account not of his alleged crime, but of war on the ground in Afghanistan. Raw and explosive, this is a book about soldiers who live, fight and die in a moonscape of a country where it is always hard to tell friend from enemy. In the national bestseller The Taliban Don’t Wave, Robert Semrau takes you with him on a journey you may not be ready for, into the sheer hell that is “The Stan.”

With a foreword by Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie and a preface by Michael Friscolanti.

ROBERT SEMRAU is a former combat soldier with the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment; he deployed with Task Force 3-08 Battle Group in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in Afghanistan in 2008. A captain, he led a small, specialized unit of Canadian mentors working side by side with the Afghan National Army during combat operations...
Title:The Taliban Don't WaveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.1 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443428035

ISBN - 13:9781443428033

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The book is entertaining and eye opening. The story of a man who should have been given a medal but was instead given a court martial. This amazing book gives insight into the conditions and situations Canadian and Coalition soldiers must face in a country torn apart by never ending war. It tells of the heroism and cowardice of his fellow Canadians, the NATO forces, and the Afghans who have been caught up in this perpetual struggle.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Capt Semrau's experience while unique in some ways is very eye opening to the realities of the Canadians tasked in small groups to put themselves in harms way in order to serve their country. Knowing from personal experience how well respected Capt Semrau was within the CAF both before and after his ordeal it is a pleasure to gather some knowledge about his views on one of our most recent conflicts.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Warrior's Dilemma "The Taliban Don't Wave" is about so much more than the incident which brought Mr Semrau to our national attention. During Semrau's trial, which was viewed and debated by armchair generals and serving soldiers alike, we never truly had a glimpse into the full life of the man behind the story. Now, with this book, we learn about a man who, above all, is a warrior for whom service to a higher purpose was his one true calling in life. The lifelong journey which brought him from a small town in Saskatchewan to the British Parachute Regiment and then finally to the front lines of Afghanistan as a Captain of the Royal Canadian Regiment is truly remarkable and highly unique. Semrau is a cunning and aggressive soldier who brings the reader along with him through his final rotation to Afghanistan. Side by side with him, we face with the terror, the hopelessness, the confusion and, at times, the humour of it all. This is a book that I will likely re-read many times throughout the remainder of both my career and my life.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Read An engrossing read from start to finish, "The Taliban Don't Wave" provides a very emotional and honest account of a soldier's experiences in the theatre of war. I found the book to be in turns tragic, heartfelt, funny and sad but always engaging and a written in a style that is open and authentic. All the experiences of Mr. Semrau are conveyed in a straight ahead narrative that is entertaining and honest. The book stays away from the politics that put Mr. Semrau in "the Stan"but more interestingly focuses on one man's first hand experience in a situation that a vast majority of us cannot even imagine. A highly recommended read.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant Classic This book is a glimpse into the controlled chaos that is war. The grand introductions and massaged logic of historians and observers is absent. All that remains is the story of a man surrounded by men, fear, and chaos. As a former infantry soldier who served in Afghanistan, I found this book to be very accurate in portraying the emotional and psychological hardships placed upon combat leaders. I have read many other books about combat, but this one is exceptional and unique. It forgoes the justifications of war and focuses on its human reality.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly Written This book is poorly written and very hard to work through.  It is mostly a self-serving re-telling of war stories and draws no significant deductions or lessons from time spent in Afghanistan.  There are many better books out there about Canadian tour experiences in that country.
Date published: 2013-11-13

Editorial Reviews

“[Semrau’s] words are the echoes of thousands of Canadian soldiers who have gone before from the Boer War to the War on Terror and all of the frustrations, danger and illogic that is a war zone.”