I Is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror in Afghanistan

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PublicAffairs, 2006 - History - 186 pages
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In early 1986 Kathy Gannon sold pretty much everything she owned (which wasn't much) to pursue her dream of becoming a foreign correspondent. She had the world to choose from: she chose Afghanistan. She went to witness the final humiliation of a superpower in terminal decline as the Soviet Union was defeated by the mujahedeen. What she didn't know then was that Afghanistan would remain her focus for the next eighteen years. Gannon, uniquely among Western journalists, witnessed Afghanistan's tragic opera: the final collapse of communism followed by bitterly feuding warlords being driven from power by an Islamicist organization called the Taliban; the subsequent arrival of Arabs and exiles, among them Osama bin Laden; and the transformation of the country into the staging post for a global jihad.

Gannon observed something else as well: the terrible, unforeseen consequences of Western intervention, the ongoing suffering of ordinary Afghans, and the ability of the most corrupt and depraved of the warlords to reinvent and reinsert themselves into successive governments. I is for Infidel is the story of a country told by a writer with a uniquely intimate knowledge of its people and recent history. It will transform readers' understanding of Afghanistan, and inspire awe at the resilience of its people in the face of the monstrous warmongers we have to some extent created there.

  

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Review: I Is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror: 18 Years Inside Afghanistan

User Review  - Mian Waheed - Goodreads

A short history of pre-911 Talibans' and post-911 Northern Alliance's rules in Afghanistan. Read full review

Review: I Is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror: 18 Years Inside Afghanistan

User Review  - Anjum Rahman - Goodreads

One of the best books I have ever read on the Afghan situation. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE The Way It Was
1
CHAPTER TWO Inside the Taliban
21
CHAPTER THREE The Beginning of the End
37
CHAPTER FOUR The Moderate Taliban
51
CHAPTER FIVE The Taliban Bloodied
67
CHAPTER SIX The Last Days of the Taliban
83
CHAPTER SEVEN After the Taliban
109
CHAPTER EIGHT The Hidden Face of Pakistans Military
127
CHAPTER NINE Ties That Bind
149
EPILOGUE Four Years Later
165
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About the author (2006)

Kathy Gannon is Associated Press Special Regional Correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2011 she received the Canadian National Newspapers' Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2003-4 she was Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and was been published in the New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal and L.A. Times. Born in Timmins, Ontario, Gannon was city editor at the Kelowna Courier and worked in several Canadian newspapers before going overseas. She has lived in Israel, Japan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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