No Good Men Among the Living

No Good Men Among the Living

America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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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.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805091793
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 TAL GOP
Characteristics: viii, 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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