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Little America

The War Within the War for Afghanistan

Chandrasekaran, Rajiv

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Little America
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In this book, the author focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of Obama's surge. This is the story of the long arc of American involvement, and of the campaign to salvage a victory in southern Afghanistan on Obama's watch., and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the President and a military that, once on the ground, increasingly went its own way.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0307957144
9780307957146
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 C
Characteristics: x, 368 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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Aug 09, 2012
  • bfowler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book could have been sub-titled “How to Lose a War;” or perhaps “Why has Everybody Screwed Up This War So Badly? “ This is the sinking thought a reader gets as Washington Post Journalist Rajiv Chandrasakaran argues in his book, Little America, that America’s recent surge in troops, foreign service and foreign aid workers, and huge investments of money have failed to turn the war in Afghanistan around.

This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about how we are going to proceed into a 21st century that is full of great political and military risks; the cost of making these mistakes again is too great.

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