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About the Author

Joshua Foust is a military analyst specializing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and post-Soviet Central Asia. His writing, which covers military affairs, geopolitics, and strategic energy issues, has appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor, World Politics Review, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He blogs at and is a regular contributor to PBS Need to Know and a contributing editor at Current Intelligence, a journal of opinion and analysis.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Just World Books (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935982028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935982029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,084,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua Foust grew up and now lives in Washington, DC. He has worked as a think tank pundit, a journalist, a government intelligence analyst, and a communications officer. From this unconventional background he writes about politics, policy, technology, and interesting areas of the world (and our own communities). His first book was hailed by the New York Times in 2010 as an incisive criticism of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Boyea on March 8, 2011
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I have followed for several years as someone who is interested in Afghanistan and American policy towards Afghanistan. Josh's writing there is generally insightful, useful, and a rich source of analysis for people interested in Afghanistan. I'm very serious about that--his posts contain links to important news reports and articles that are useful to researchers and his analysis often gives an alternative view to the mainstream news.

However, the greatest strengths of his blogging make for the biggest weakness of his book. Put simply, his blog's format does not translate well to book form. Many of the events Josh writes about are a few years old, and are not fresh in anyone's memory. If you were to read an old post of his online, you could click imbedded links and reacquaint yourself with what Josh is talking about. Obviously this is not possible in book.

Additionally, the book's flow is very poor. The posts are generally fairly short, from approximately 500 to 2000 words. They are reprinted in a logical manner, but every couple pages you encounter a new event, new discussion, or new article Josh is responding to. While sometimes entertaining, it just doesn't flow. It was very hard for me to read more than two or three entries at a time because at the beginning of every entry I had to reorient myself as to the subject of the writing. With dozens of ethnic groups, geographical areas, and insurgent groups, even someone familiar with Afghanistan has a hard time understanding the context of the writing. I would have had a more enjoyable experience reading the postings online (so I could access source material).

If I could offer one additional critique, it would be that the author seems almost in a hurry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2011
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Life in modern Afghanistan is not something many people currently understand fully. "Afghanistan Journal: Selections from" is a collection of correspondence from Joshua Foust, a military analyst who presents many articles from, granting a new understanding of Afghanistan and the efforts of the United States and its allies to rebuild it. Adding new perspective, "Afghanistan Journal" is a fine collection and is very highly recommended for world issues collections.
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