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Little America

The War Within the War for Afghanistan
Chandrasekaran, Rajiv (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Chandrasekaran, Rajiv
Statement of Responsibility: Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Title: Little America
the war within the war for Afghanistan
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 368 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Notes: "A Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Grand Dreams. An enchanting time ; Stop the slide ; Marineistan ; The wrong man ; The road to ruins ; The surge
Shattered Plans. Bleeding ulcer ; Search and destroy ; Deadwood ; Burn rate ; Allies at war ; Odd man out ; A bridge too far
Triage. The boss of the border ; A fresh can of whoop-ass ; There was no escaping him ; My heart is broken ; What we have is folly
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Afghan War, 2001- Political aspects United States United States Politics and government 2009- Obama, Barack Military leadership United States Military policy Internal security Afghanistan Afghanistan Strategic aspects
Topical Term: Afghan War, 2001-
Internal security
LCCN: 2012010354
ISBN: 9780307957146
0307957144
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 C
Research Call Number: JFE 12-6006
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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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