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

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After the swift defeat of the Taliban in 2001, American optimism has steadily evaporated in the face of mounting violence; a new "war of a thousand cuts" has now brought the country to its knees. is a political history of Afghanistan in the "Age of Terror" from 2001 to 2009, exploring the fundamental tragedy of America's longest war since Vietnam. After a brief survey of the great empires in Afghanistan--the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the British in the era of Kipling, and the late Soviet Union--Seth G. Jones examines the central question of our own war: how did an insurgency develop? Following the September 11 attacks, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime. It established security throughout the country--killing, capturing, or scattering most of al Qa'ida's senior operatives--and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of struggle and conflict. But Jones argues that as early as 2001 planning for the Iraq War siphoned off resources and talented personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. After eight years, he says, the United States has managed to push al Qa'ida's headquarters about one hundred miles across the border into Pakistan, the distance from New York to Philadelphia. While observing the tense and often adversarial relationship between NATO allies in the Coalition, Jones--who has distinguished himself at RAND and was recently named by as one of the "Best and Brightest" young policy experts--introduces us to key figures on both sides of the war. Harnessing important new research and integrating thousands of declassified government documents, Jones then analyzes the insurgency from a historical and structural point of view, showing how a rising drug trade, poor security forces, and pervasive corruption undermined the Karzai government, while Americans abandoned a successful strategy, failed to provide the necessary support, and allowed a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan to catalyze the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far--and what has not--this serious and important book underscores the challenges we face in stabilizing the country and explains where we went wrong and what we must do if the United States is to avoid the disastrous fate that has befallen many of the great world powers to enter the region.

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A definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan from the rise of the Taliban to the depths of the insurgency.

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'How we got to where we are in Afghanistan."Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

A definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan from the rise of the Taliban to the depths of the insurgency.

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Praise for "Seth Jones . . . has an anthropologist's feel for a foreign society, a historian's intuition for long-term trends, and a novelist's eye for the telling details that illuminate a much larger story. If you read just one book about the Taliban, terrorism, and the United States, this is the place to start."--Jeremi Suri, author of "A timely and important work, without peer in terms of both its scholarship and the author's intimate knowledge of the country, the insurgency threatening it, and the challenges in defeating it."--Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, author of "A deeply researched and well-analyzed account of the failures of American policies in Afghanistan, will be mandatory reading for policymakers from Washington to Kabul."--Peter Bergen, author of and The Osama bin Laden I Know "Seth Jones has combined forceful narrative with careful analysis, illustrating the causes of this deteriorating situation, and recommending sensible, feasible steps to reverse the escalating violence."--James Dobbins, author of

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This definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan '[zeroes] in on what went awry after America"s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001' (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) to explain how a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan and a collapsing government in Kabul catalyzed the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far'"and what hasn"t'"Jones lays out 'a blueprint for winning in a region that has historically brought mighty armies to their knees' (Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch).

About the Author

Seth G. Jones serves as an adviser and plans officer for the Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Forces, in Afghanistan. Currently he is a RAND analyst, an adjunct professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and author of In the Graveyard of Empires. He lives outside of Washington, DC, and contributes regularly to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Jones was named one of 2008's 'Best and Brightest' young policy experts by Esquire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393068986
Subtitle:
America's War in Afghanistan
Author:
Jones, Seth G.
Author:
Seth G. Jones,
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Taliban
Subject:
Afghanistan - Politics and government - 2001-
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Military - Afghan War (2001-)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 maps and charts
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » Afghanistan
History and Social Science » Military » Afghan War (2001-)
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History and Social Science » Military » Recent Military History
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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Product details 448 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393068986 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan from the rise of the Taliban to the depths of the insurgency.
"Synopsis" by , 'How we got to where we are in Afghanistan."Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
"Synopsis" by , A definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan from the rise of the Taliban to the depths of the insurgency.
"Synopsis" by , Praise for "Seth Jones . . . has an anthropologist's feel for a foreign society, a historian's intuition for long-term trends, and a novelist's eye for the telling details that illuminate a much larger story. If you read just one book about the Taliban, terrorism, and the United States, this is the place to start."--Jeremi Suri, author of "A timely and important work, without peer in terms of both its scholarship and the author's intimate knowledge of the country, the insurgency threatening it, and the challenges in defeating it."--Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, author of "A deeply researched and well-analyzed account of the failures of American policies in Afghanistan, will be mandatory reading for policymakers from Washington to Kabul."--Peter Bergen, author of and The Osama bin Laden I Know "Seth Jones has combined forceful narrative with careful analysis, illustrating the causes of this deteriorating situation, and recommending sensible, feasible steps to reverse the escalating violence."--James Dobbins, author of
"Synopsis" by , This definitive account of the American experience in Afghanistan '[zeroes] in on what went awry after America"s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001' (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) to explain how a growing sanctuary for insurgents in Pakistan and a collapsing government in Kabul catalyzed the Taliban resurgence. Examining what has worked thus far'"and what hasn"t'"Jones lays out 'a blueprint for winning in a region that has historically brought mighty armies to their knees' (Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch).
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