- 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)
War Against the Taliban: Why It All Went Wrong in Afghanistan Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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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)
A comprehensive analysis of the current Afghanistan War by bestselling writer and legendary war reporter Sandy GallSee all Product Description
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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."
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.
If any critisim of this otherwise fine book is this.
One criticism would be more detail on how much Pakistan has helped the Taliban and kept a war continuing with Western Governments own money!
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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One of the best books on the subject,pity the Prime Minister did not read it before he sent troops there.Published on 23 Sept. 2014 by Mr. P. Freeman
i have only just started to read this book will right an other review when i have finshed reading itPublished on 21 Jun. 2014 by michael
Insightful account of the first 10 years of the Afghanistan campaign to date, exceptionally well researched and written with excellent source materialPublished on 25 Dec. 2013 by Duncs
The author gives his side of the fight and struggles that are part of everyday life in Afghanistan. Worth readingPublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by Elizabeth Lee