No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes (American Empire Project) (Paperback)
A truly poignant and relevant book, chronicling the lives of three separate people in post 9-11 Afghanistan, and the pervasive brutality and folly of the war that raged around them.— ben
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"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.
About the Author
Anand Gopal is a freelance journalist covering Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, and other international hotspots. He has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and his writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Harper’s, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Gopal is a fellow at the New America Foundation. No Good Men Among the Living is his first book.
“Gopal has produced the best piece of investigative journalism to come out of Afghanistan in the past twelve years. He has a deep knowledge of the rural south, took great risks in visiting some of the most dangerous insurgent areas and has conducted thousands of hours of interviews.... His book should be a model for all our analysis of intervention, from Libya to contemporary Iraq.” —Rory Stewart, New Statesman (UK)
“A brilliant, incisive work of storytelling and analysis. Of all the recent books on Afghanistan, this one stands out like a bright shining light, revealing the truth of the war from the ground up. Breathtaking and magnificent, this is a must read.” —Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia