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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; Reprint edition (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408822342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408822340
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandy Gall may be one of the last heroes of his profession (The Times)

What makes this book stand out from all the other current writing about the war in Afghanistan is the depth of Sandy Gall's knowledge of the country and his intense sympathy for its people ... Anyone who wants to understand what is happening in Afghanistan cannot afford to ignore this book

(Times Literary Supplement)

A well-informed account of the litany of disastrous miscalculations that have befallen the West's involvement since the September 11 attacks (Daily Telegraph)

It should be required reading for all cadets at Sandhurst and officers deploying to theatre [Afghanistan] including senior ones (General Lord Guthrie)

Sandy's book is the first that covers the whole of the current conflict in Afghanistan. Warts and all, it is a compelling tale and most useful history (General Sir David Richards)

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A comprehensive analysis of the current Afghanistan War by bestselling writer and legendary war reporter Sandy Gall

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Sandy Gall is a veteran news reporter and accomplished author with an entirely deserved reputation for letting the main actors in any political situation speak for themselves.

He repeats this knack in his new book, stitching together the opinions of people "on the ground" in Afghanistan to create a picture of high blown sentimental ideals on the part of "reforming" Western powers who completely failed to learn the lessons of previous Imperial and Soviet disasters in the country, or grasp the geographical and political realities of a system based on opiates and commonplace corruption.

Gall combines the gritty reality of the chaotic situations he observes with the often jet black humour of the people he speaks to. For example, when ex-finance Minister Dr Ashraf Ghani revealed that Afghanistan's rating on international transparency had dropped from 114th to 179th out of 180 countries between 2005 and 2010, one local wit observed "Oh, poor Afghanistan, even on corruption you cannot be Number One."
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Well I'm ashamed to say that I had assumed Sandy Gall had retired to a quiet life some where!
Not a bit of it.
I had no idea that he and his family were so devoted and active in the support of Afghanistan and it's people.
His knowledge of the country, it's customs and it's history is astounding.
I found this book hard to put down and that it exposed my ignorance of the details of the troubled times this country has been through.
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An excellent analysis of the conflict in Afghanistan from someone whose experience spans over 3 decades in the country. This is a thoroughly readable account of the complex issues that faced British and American forces and government departments trying to to create a stable country in the far east.
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A very informative and revealing book on Afghanistan that tracks nearly 40 years of turmoil. Like a good murder crime book the last chapter is the key to the whole of the Afgahanistan/Taliban tale, its the Pakistani, they did it! Why their fear of India, their backhand, their strategic depth against India. If Pakistan is the cause - the solution or at least a key factor to the problem - China, Pakistan all weather friend. Funny - not a single world was mentioned of this growth power. China must be a key part to play, why China is supporing Pakistan? her back door to the Indian Ocean, against the constant blocking of China's rise.

If any critisim of this otherwise fine book is this.
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Fascinating, but it jumps around a bit. I have found it difficult to sort the events into any sort of timeline. I will probely need to read it a few times which will be no problem as I think will I will get something different from it each time I read it.
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This is a very informative book for those interested in Afghanistan. If anyone with sense in power had this book before entering Afghanistan in 2001, them we may not be in the situation we face now, with thousands dead and only now realising that talking the opposition is the way to peace . Possibly given Mr Galls intimate knowledge of the Afghan people he should have been consulted prior to entering Afghanistan!

One criticism would be more detail on how much Pakistan has helped the Taliban and kept a war continuing with Western Governments own money!
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Having read this I fail to understand how we ever got into this quagmire. What a waste of life. We and NATO keep piling money into Pakistan only for them to pass it on to the Taliban. This book should be read by all politicians,
Aid to Pakistan should stop immediately until they mend their ways. What a waste of tax payers money and loss of life. Tony Blair, Gordon Brown how do you sleep at night?
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