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Author Gopal, Anand, 1980-

Title No good men among the living : America, the Taliban, and the war through Afghan eyes / Anand Gopal.

Published New York Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  958.1047 GOPA    AVAILABLE
Edition First Edition.
Physical description 304 pages : map ; 25 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: PART ONE -- 1.The Last Days of Vice and Virtue -- 2.The Battle for Tirin Kot -- 3.The War from Year Zero -- 4.The Sewing Center of Khas Uruzgan -- PART TWO -- 5.No One Is Safe from This -- 6.To Make the Bad Things Good Again -- 7.Black Holes -- PART THREE -- 8.Election Day -- 9.The Far End of the Bazaar -- PART FOUR -- 10.Back to Work -- 11.The Tangi -- 12.No-Man's-Land -- PART FIVE -- 13.Stepping Out -- 14.The Leader.
Summary "As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw, the shocking tale of how the American military had triumph in sight in Afghanistan--and then brought the Taliban back from the dead. In the popular imagination, Afghanistan is often regarded as the site of intractable conflict, the American war against the Taliban a perpetually hopeless quagmire. But as Anand Gopal demonstrates in this stunning chronicle, top Taliban leaders were in fact ready to surrender within months of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist--yet the American forces were not ready to accept such a turnaround. Driven by false intelligence from corrupt warlords and by a misguided conviction that Taliban members could never change sides, the U.S. instead continued to press the conflict, resurrecting the insurgency that persists to this day. Gopal's dramatic narrative, full of vivid personal detail, follows three Afghans through years of U.S. missteps: a Taliban commander, a U.S.-backed warlord, and a housewife trapped in the middle of the fighting. With its intimate accounts of life in small Afghan villages, and harrowing tales of crimes committed by Taliban leaders and American-supported provincial officials alike, No Good Men Among the Living lays bare the workings of America's longest war and the truth behind its prolonged agony. A thoroughly original expose; of the conflict that is still being fought, it shows just how the American intervention went so desperately wrong"--
Subject Taliban.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal narratives, Afghani.
Afghan War, 2001-
Counterinsurgency -- Afghanistan.
Peace-building -- Afghanistan.
Internal security -- Afghanistan.
United States -- Military policy.
Standard Number 40024122774
40023552720
ISBN 9780805091793 (hardback)
9781429945028 (electronic book)