In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 12, 2010 - History - 448 pages
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“How we got to where we are in Afghanistan.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

This definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan “[zeroes] in on what went awry after America’s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) to explain how a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan and a collapsing government in Kabul catalyzed the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far—and what hasn’t—Jones lays out “a blueprint for winning in a region that has historically brought mighty armies to their knees” (Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch).
  

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Review: In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan

User Review  - Bryan - Goodreads

I learned a lot by reading this book. Since I'm by no means an expert in this area, I can't challenge the authors facts or conclusions. I can say that it is a well put together, well thought out book ... Read full review

Review: In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan

User Review  - Joseph Stieb - Goodreads

It's really hard to find a book about Iraq or Afghanistan that is comprehensive but concise enough to assign to a class. Seth Jones achieves this for the latter country in this interesting, thorough ... Read full review

Contents

Descent into Violence
3
The Mujahideen Era
23
Uncivil War
41
The Rise of the Taliban
52
Al Qaidas Strategic Alliance
69
Operation Enduring Freedom
86
Light Footprint
109
Early Successes
134
The Perfect Storm
203
A ThreeFront War
223
National Caveats
238
The Water Must Boil
256
A Force Multiplier
279
In the Eye of the Storm
296
Back to the Future
313
Afterword
327

The Logic of Insurgency
151
Collapse of Law and Order
163
A Growing Cancer
183
Acknowledgments
341
Index
417
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About the author (2010)

Seth G. Jones has served as a senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command and is currently associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of In the Graveyard of Empires.

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