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War Against The Taliban

Author : Sandy Gall
ISBN : 9781408822340
Genre : History
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A comprehensive analysis of the current Afghanistan War by bestselling writer and legendary war reporter Sandy Gall

The Wrong Enemy

Author : Carlotta Gall
ISBN : 9780544045682
Genre : History
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“An enthralling and largely firsthand account of the war in Afghanistan.”—Financial Times Few reporters know as much about Afghanistan as Carlotta Gall. She was there in the 1990s after the Russians were driven out. She witnessed the early flourishing of radical Islam, imported from abroad, which caused so much local suffering. She was there right after 9/11, when the US special forces helped the Northern Alliance drive the Taliban out of the north and then the south, fighting pitched battles and causing their enemies to flee underground and into Pakistan. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people. And she knows just how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Combining searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghans who were caught up in the conflict of more than a decade, The Wrong Enemy is a sweeping account of a war brought by American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage. “A strong, well-crafted account by an informed observer.”—The Economist “Gall is perhaps uniquely positioned to tackle the troubling questions she raises about Pakistan's alleged support of terrorism . . . a must-read.”— Christian Science Monitor

No Good Men Among The Living

Author : Anand Gopal
ISBN : 1250069262
Genre : Political Science
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PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST WINNER OF THE RIDENHOUR PRIZE "Essential reading for anyone concerned about how America got Afghanistan so wrong. A devastating, well-honed prosecution detailing how our government bungled the initial salvo in the so-called war on terror, ignored attempts by top Taliban leaders to surrender, trusted the wrong people, and backed a feckless and corrupt Afghan regime . . . It is ultimately the most compelling account I've read of how Afghans themselves see the war." --The New York Times Book Review In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces the lives of three Afghans caught in America's war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a U.S.-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality. Through their dramatic stories, No Good Men Among the Living stunningly lays bare the workings of America's longest war and the truth behind its prolonged agony.

Why We Lost

Author : Daniel P. Bolger
ISBN : 9780544370487
Genre : History
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A three-star general offers an insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, explaining how garbled intelligence, poor decision making, and no clear understanding of the enemy resulted in the failure of both missions.

Descent Into Chaos

Author : Ahmed Rashid
ISBN : 9780141919096
Genre : Political Science
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Since 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, the West has been fighting a ‘War on Terror’, through force and through the building of new societies in the region. In this clear and devastating account, with unparalleled access and intimate knowledge of the political players, Descent into Chaos chronicles our failure. Having reported from central Asia for a quarter of a century, Ahmed Rashid shows clearly why the war in Iraq is just a sideshow to the main event. Rather, it is Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the five Central Asian states that make up the crisis zone, for it is here that terrorism and Islamic extremism are growing stronger. Documenting with precision how intimately linked Pakistan is with the Taliban and other extremist movements, while remaining the US’s main ally in the region, Rashid brings into focus the role of many regional issues in supporting extremism, from nuclear programmes to local rivalries, ineffectual peace-keeping to tyrannical rulers. For Rashid, at the heart of the failure in Iraq is the US’s refusal to accept the need to build nations. Ambitious and urgent, analyzing events, policies and personalities across the largest landmass in the world, Descent into Chaos chronicles with chilling accuracy why Islamic extremism is now stronger than ever.


Author : James Fergusson
ISBN : 9780306820779
Genre : History
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Offers a through history of the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan--from a small band of religious students led by a one-eyed village leader in 1994 to the undenyable military force that took over the country three years later. 35,000 first printing.

Ghosts Of Afghanistan

Author : Jonathan Steele
ISBN : 9781582437873
Genre : History
File Size : 73. 89 MB
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Presents a study of the wars in Afghanistan by the veteran reporter who has had exclusive access to the WikiLeaks document cache on the politics, corruption, and warfare that has afflicted the country.

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