Lost in the Graveyard: Stories from Peshawar and Kabul

Lost in the Graveyard: Stories from Peshawar and Kabul

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ISBN-13: 9780578422411
Publisher: Yano Rehabilitation Inc.
Publication date: 12/08/2018
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Lost in the Graveyard: Stories from Peshawar and Kabul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reineke_Fuchs 5 months ago
This book holds one's attention from beginning to end, in a series of vignettes from Af-Pak told through the eyes of a State Dept. official. If the stories are fictionalized, they yet sound captured from real life, by turns tragic, hilarious, startling enough to make one gasp, and confusing, as life is. The narrator says he is a fellow film buff, and one story clearly presents a set of contrasting retellings of the same event à la Rashomon. At the same time as they spin gripping yarns, the authors deftly weave in well-researched background on the Pashtun culture shared across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and insights into the bureaucratic mentality and the dilemma facing military and civilian policy makers in America's longest active military conflict. Should we stay, possibly forever, even at the risk of creating more terrorists? Or should we go, almost certainly creating a power vacuum that invites a full-blown civil war and intervention by neighboring powers, one of which is "not a a State with an army, but an army with a State" per the book (and with nuclear weapons, one might add)? In sum, this book is not only a worthwhile, enjoyable, and smooth read (I finished it on flights to and from Europe) but it deserves to be read as well. I once heard Henry Kissinger give a very learned talk on the Afghanistan problem from the standpoint of Great Power politics. I would hope that even he could learn something from the ground-truthing this book offers.
manny steier 6 months ago
Exciting short stories. The anti-Kipling. Demystifies Peshawar & Kabul. Answers many questions about America's role in the region.