The Wars of Afghanistan

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The Wars of Afghanistan Book Cover The Wars of Afghanistan
Peter Tomsen
History
PublicAffairs
December 10, 2013
912

This revelatory, unprecedented, insider's account of Afghanistan's history since the 1970s, and of U.S. involvement, is indispensable reading for anyone concerned about the current war

 

the wars of afghanistan smallAs Ambassador and Special Envoy on Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992, Peter Tomsen has had close relationships with Afghan leaders and has dealt with senior Taliban, warlords, and religious leaders involved in the region’s conflicts over the last two decades. Now Tomsen draws on a rich trove of never-before-published material to shed new light on the American involvement in the long and continuing Afghan war.

This book offers a deeply informed perspective on how Afghanistan’s history as a “shatter zone” for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the appallingly misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.

American policy makers, Tomsen argues, still do not understand Afghanistan; nor do they appreciate how the CIA’s covert operations and the Pentagon’s military strategy have strengthened extremism in the country. At this critical time, he shows how the U.S. and the coalition it leads can assist the region back to peace and stability.

After reading this book, I now have realized why Afghanistan is such a war-torn country.  Read this if you wish to understand why this beautiful country is always at war.

Similar Books:

Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban

In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan

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

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition

 

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