Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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Vital reading ... comprehensive, perceptive and detailed work ... Little America is powerful and important and should be read by anyone interested in this on-going and deeply depressing war (Jason Burke, Observer)
A handbook on how not to run a foreign war ... the book tells its story extremely well (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
An enthralling examination of the failures of American decision-making in Afghanistan ... engrossing and sharply reported ... Chandrasekaran has a fine eye for the absurd parallel universe of the cosseted control centres of modern American warfare ... as an examination of the failings of American decision-making it is second to none (Alex Spillius, Daily Telegraph)
A detailed account of Obama's efforts to cope with the blunders made before he took power and to create the conditions for a sustainable US withdrawal ... Chandrasekaran is at his observant best when chronicling the absurdities of the State Department bureaucracy as it went to war in Kabul ... the book is effectively a critique of US policy and performance, and he makes a nuanced and convincing case (Julian Borger, Guardian)
Little America should be required reading for anyone with an interest in foreign interventions, especially Western politicians, soldiers and diplomats, if only to relieve them of the dangerous idea that we are any good at them. There is no arguing with Chandrasekaran's pithy conclusion: "For years, we dwelled on the limitations of the Afghans. We should have focused on ours" (Justin Marozzi, Mail on Sunday)
Rajiv Chandrasekaran ... has impressive access to high-powered sources, but his outstanding ability is to place violence in its strategic context. His book catches the chaos and bloodshed of a firefight in Sangin (Andro Linklater, Spectator)
The author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City (winner of the 2007 Samuel Johnson Prize) now gives us the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the struggle between President Obama and the US military to remake Afghanistan.See all Product Description
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That said,the book confirms everything we know about the arguments, conflicts and errors that have pervaded the Afghanistan venture at every level. The conflict between US and UK military is certainly not exaggerated. One of the main reasons for this is the American poor opinion of the performance of UK soldiers in Iraq in the post-war period, some of which is completely justified.
The book amply confirms that the US and its NATO allies are losing and will lose this war-not that the word 'win' has any real meaning in irregular warfare.
I would have liked much more focus on Pakistan for it is that 'failed' state that holds the key to attaining any kind of stability in the region. A very worrying feature of Pakistan's many problems is whether she can be trusted to guard and secure her growing nuclear arsenal from those elements who wish to obtain access to them.
This book is a welcome addition to the growing number of excellent books and articles by academics, diplomats and journalists on the war in Afghanistan.
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A brilliantly detailed account of a war costing many lives, with huge financial cost, but achieving little. So frustrating to read of the many mistakes made and opportunities lost.Published 19 months ago by Mrs Linda Bainbridge
Simply the best book I've read on the war in Afghanistan. Very readable and extremely informative. If you want the truth, then this book has it.Published 20 months ago by Schofieldma
Makes you weep to see the same mistakes made over and over...and over again by Western forces in Afghanistan.Published 22 months ago by Rod S.
If you have already read his first book "Green Zone" then you should not miss this compelling and jaw dropping account of the longest war the US have ever conducted.Published on 24 Sept. 2012 by Major Dundee