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American Empire Project

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

Anand Gopal

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Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781250069269
Published:
01 Jun 2015
Publisher:
Macmillan
Dimensions:
272 pages - 210 x 140 x 17mm
Series:
American Empire Project

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.

No Good Men Among the Living (Hard cover) 9780805091793

Finalist for the National Book Award In a breath-taking 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.

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