In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan
“How we got to where we are in Afghanistan.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street JournalThis 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 AfghanistanUser Review - Eddy Allen - Goodreads
Longtime Afghanistan expert and RAND analyst Seth G. Jones watched as American optimism evaporated after the Taliban defeat in 2001; by 2005, a new "war of a thousand cuts" had brought Afghanistan to ... Read full review
Review: In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in AfghanistanUser Review - GP - Goodreads
Jones' detailed account of the American decade in AfPak thoroughly explores how we dropped the ball in Afghanistan in favor of a fruitless and costly venture into Iraq. The opportunity lost, there in now no clear way ahead. Read full review