Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan - eBook
Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan - eBook  -     By: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Buy Item $9.99
In Stock
Stock No: WW38787EB
Vintage / 2012 / ePub
Add To Cart


Add To Wishlist
Add To Cart


Wishlist

Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan - eBook

Vintage / 2012 / ePub

In Stock
Stock No: WW38787EB


Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.

* This product is available for purchase only in the USA.

Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780307958426
ISBN-13: 9780307958426

Publisher's Description

A New York Times Notable Book

The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan. In this meticulously reported and illuminating book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of President Obama’s surge, and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the president and a military that increasingly went its own way. The profound ramifications this political battle had on the region and the world are laid bare through a cast of fascinating characters—disillusioned and inept diplomats, frustrated soldiers, headstrong officers—who played a part in the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. What emerges in Little America is a detailed picture of unsavory compromise—warlords who were to be marginalized suddenly embraced, the Karzai family transformed from foe to friend, fighting corruption no longer a top priority—and a venture that became politically, financially, and strategically unsustainable.

Also:
Washington Post Notable Book
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

Author Bio

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. He has been the newspaper's bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and has been covering Afghanistan off and on for a decade. His first book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, won the Overseas Press Club book award. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

"Rajiv Chandrasekaran has done it again. Like Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Little America is a beautifully written and deeply reported account of how a divided United States government and its dysfunctional bureaucracy have foiled American efforts abroad . . . A brilliant and courageous work of reportage."
            -Linda Robinson, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Fascinating and fresh . . . Chandrasekaran is a superb reporter and graceful writer whose individual vignettes, focused on military and civilian misfires, are on-target and often mortifying."
            -Max Boot, The Wall Street Journal
 
"Brilliant . . . Only a journalist with Chandrasekaran’s experience and skill could tell this extraordinarily complicated story with such clarity."
            -June Thomas, Newsday
 
"Sharp and subtle . . . Enormously informative . . .  Little America does not disappoint."
            -Bill O’Leary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
"A thoughtful guide to President Obama’s ’good war’ [and] a devastating indictment of a dysfunctional war machine . . . Chandrasekaran’s expose is a stark warning to rethink how America uses its power."
            -Robert D. Crews, San Francisco Chronicle
 
"What makes Little America so compelling is the breadth and carefulness of Chandrasekaran’s reporting . . . A scalding and in-depth critique of U.S. policy and performance in Afghanistan."
            -Tony Perry, Newark Star-Ledger
 
"Chandrasekaran’s apt portrayal of the Afghan perspective and on-the-ground tensions makes the book a must for policy shapers and voters alike."
            -Hamed Aleaziz, Mother Jones
 
"Chandrasekaran draws vivid sketches of how Karzai and his family and their allies operate as a gang of looters, frustrating every attempt to create an honest government that could confront their Taliban enemy . . . The reader gets a keen sense of the chaos that reigns among the Americans and their allies."
            -Neil Sheehan, Washington Post
 
"A must-read account . . . Little America is the best work yet in addressing our military-diplomatic campaign in Afghanistan and the dysfunction that stymies it."
            -Peter J. Munson, Small Wars Journal
 
"Searing . . . Solid and timely reporting, crackling prose, and more than a little controversy will make this one of the summer’s hot reads."
            -Starred review, Publishers Weekly
 
"Clearheaded . . . Well-researched and compelling . . . Chandrasekaran captures the absurdity of a bumbling bureaucracy attempting to reengineer in its own image a society that is half a world away . . . A timely, convincing portrait of an occupation in crisis."
            -Kirkus
 
"Drawing on interviews with key participants and three years of first-hand reportage, Chandrasekaran delivers a bracing diagnosis of the problem."
            -Booklist

Product Reviews

Be the first to write a review!

Ask Christianbook

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Back
×
Back
×

Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.