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Fighting Evil

The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS

Andy McNab Macer Gifford

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Seven Dials
28 May 2020
Autobiography: historical, political & military; Memoirs; Terrorism, armed struggle; Warfare & defence
A visceral, riveting, no-holds-barred military memoir told from the front line of the war against ISIS with a foreword by Andy McNab.

In the summer of 2014 the world watched in horror as the black flag of ISIS swept all before it. Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq fell, ISIS proclaimed the caliphate and the horror mounted: from the mass murder, rape and enslavement of the Yazidis to the public beheading of journalists by British jihadis. For Macer Gifford it wasn't enough to ask why more wasn't being done, he knew he had to act. So, he left his job in the city, split from his girlfriend and a few weeks later found himself illegally crossing the border into Syria to join the Kurdish YPG in their fight against the savagery of ISIS.

Macer Gifford became one of longest serving British International Volunteers and one of the only few to be promoted to be a Commander in the YPG. He fought alongside the Kurds (and their Syrian Allies) for three long tours of duty from the dawn of the caliphate all the way to its military defeat in the ruins of Raqqa in 2017, sniping at the final deadly wave of suicide bombers as they burst from the rubble. Along the way, he made - and lost - many friends.

This is the only complete account of the war against the Caliphate by the Kurds and the remarkable and often eccentric band of international volunteers who fought alongside them.
By:   Macer Gifford
Foreword by:   Andy McNab
Imprint:   Seven Dials
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   260g
ISBN:   9781409195702
ISBN 10:   1409195708
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   28 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Macer Gifford is a former foreign exchange trader who went to Syria in 2015 to fight with the YPG against the Islamic State terror group. Over his three years with the YPG, he became the most well-known International Volunteer battling ISIS, writing for publications and appearing on radio channels worldwide, while garnering over 45k online followers. A long-time human rights activist, Gifford has previously conducted expeditions into the Congolese rainforest; campaigned against Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe; and worked with the British Council on the Horn of Africa. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy at Loughborough University, London.

Reviews for Fighting Evil: The Ordinary Man who went to War Against ISIS

A riveting, visceral, no-holds-barred account from the front line of the war against ISIS. Compelling; raw; savage; yet beautifully written, this is a crie de coeur from a defining story of our age, with an international cast like no other. Damien Lewis, bestselling author of Operation Certain Death, SAS Ghost Patrol etc.


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