No Good Men Among the Living

No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

Book - 2014
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"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."--Publisher information.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780805091793
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 GOPAL
Characteristics: 304 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Aug 02, 2016

"There are no good men among the living, and no bad ones among the dead."-Afghan proverb
It's hard to believe, but we've been in Afghanistan for 15 years now. Whether or not your want to call it a war is beside the point. "No Good Men Among the Living" joins the sadly overflowing shelf of post-9/11/war on terror literature. Journalist Anand Gopal has a somewhat different take as this book looks at the Afghani experience, which has been horrific. They have spent the past 4 decades in some state of unrest: the Russian invasion, the rise of the Taliban, Osama and Al-Queda, warlords and militias, and the U.S. occupation. We all should read this book to put a human face to the conflict. Supplementary books: "Ghost Wars," "Little America," "Taliban," "Where Men Win Glory."


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