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Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics and the Rise of the Taliban

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    If You Read One Book On the Afghan War, Read This One

    I lived and worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the late 1980s, early 1990s, and I can tell you that Goodson really knows what he is talking about. Goodson filled in the blanks for me in a lot of areas that I didn't quite understand. Also, I enjoy his writing style. The book is a scholarly work that reads like a novel. Goodson has a tremendous knowledge of the subject gained from first-hand experience. However, he has the ability to place this experience within the larger framework of scholarly understanding. This makes for great reading, because it combines the compelling urgency of a journalist with the larger-world view of an academic. The only thing I don't like about the book is the cover photo. There must be a more compelling photo of war than something that looks like a street demonstration.

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