9780805091793

No Good Men Among the Living America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

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    9780805091793

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    0805091793

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-04-29
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
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Summary

Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead

In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail 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 US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.

Through their dramatic stories, Gopal shows that the Afghan war, so often regarded as a hopeless quagmire, could in fact have gone very differently. Top Taliban leaders actually tried to surrender within months of the US invasion, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist—yet the Americans were unwilling to accept such a turnaround. Instead, driven by false intelligence from their allies and an unyielding mandate to fight terrorism, American forces continued to press the conflict, resurrecting the insurgency that persists to this day.
With its intimate accounts of life in war-torn Afghanistan, Gopal's thoroughly original reporting lays bare the workings of America's longest war and the truth behind its prolonged agony. A heartbreaking story of mistakes and misdeeds, No Good Men Among the Living challenges our usual perceptions of the Afghan conflict, its victims, and its supposed winners.

Author Biography

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. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue            1

PART ONE

1. The Last Days of Vice and Virtue            5

2. The Battle for Tirin Kot            28

3 The War from Year Zero            50

4. The Sewing Center of Khas Uruzgan            73

PART TWO

5. No One Is Safe from This            101

6. To Make the Bad Things Good Again            118

7. Black Holes            132

PART THREE

8. Election Day            151

9. The Far End of the Bazaar            169

PART FOUR

10. Back to Work            183

11. The Tangi            199

12. No-Man’s-Land            215

PART FIVE

13. Stepping Out            239

14. The Leader            251

Epilogue            268

A Note on Sources            277

Notes            279

Acknowledgments            291

Index            295

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