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A comprehensive history of Afghan politics in the 20th century, highlighting the events leading up to the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan (which effectively instigated American involvement in the region). It's useful reading for anyone who wants a guide to the overall economic, social, cultural and political situation at the present moment.(New York Times Book Review)
After a good introductory chapter and a well-done short account of historical factors shaping Afghanistan, Goodson documents in eight stages the continual war from 1978 to early 2001. The detail of his periodization is daunting, but it brings out well the feudal reality of Afghanistan's many warring factions... a useful guide.(Foreign Affairs)
The overall argument about Afghanistan's disintegration has been well covered in the media, but Goodson highlights the impact of interethnic conflicts, exacerbated by the destructive intervention of the U.S.S.R., the United States and Pakistan. There's also more depth, complexity and detail here than the media can provide.(Publishers Weekly)
Afghanistan’s Endless War is a serious study of, as its subtitle says, 'state failure, regional politics and the rise of the Taliban,' and it brings us right up to early 2001... Read this book and you'll come to realize that the Saudi Osama bin Laden and other terrorists were foisted on an unwilling population from the outside. Political Islam and the fundamentalist theocracy that now governs the country were also an alien and unwelcome imposition on a people happily accustomed to keeping their mullahs confined to mosques.(Wall Street Journal)
Essential reading for anyone—and nowadays this should mean all of us—who wants to understand what Afghanistan is like and how it got to be that way.(Journal of Democracy)
A mix of interviews with Taliban leaders and field research combine to illuminate what has been happening in Afghanistan over the last 20 years and concludes, presciently, that 'what happens in Afghanistan will continue to affect stability and security in an increasingly important region of the post-Cold War world(Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Goodson knows what he is talking about. He has been to the places he writes about. He knows the people. He has studied his subject carefully and closely. And he has thought about it all and turned what he knows and saw into a solid, and seriously disturbing, book... Readers will close this book with key knowledge they could find elsewhere only by going to multiple sources. They will also encounter a keen mind that doesn't parrot common rhetoric.(Salem Statesman Journal)
Goodson delivers a brief but powerful analysis of the ethnic, religious, social and geographic divisions which have produced seven million refugees, two million deaths and a whole lot of heartache and pain.(Alibi)
The book rapidly sinks into academic rhetoric at an apparent lack of direction.
He gives a thorough analysis of the background to the current situation in Afghanistan and explains the existing dangers confronting the country and the region.
No matter what you may think before reading Mr. Goodson's book, after you read his book you certainly will have more to think about.
You can tell this book is the author's adapted PhD thesis. That's not a criticism. Larry Goodson has been studying and traveling to Afghanistan for decades, and this is an... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Autumn Sun
I thought this book a somewhat dry but meticulous survey of Afghanistan. My conclusion is that every nation that tried to directly influence events there has suffered extreme... Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by Citizen John
This is an insightful book written by a fantastic scholar. He lived and wrote in Afganistan and has first-hand knowledge of the situation. Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by Vasile
I spent over four months in Afghanistan this year, and this was one of the books I read in preparation. Read morePublished on December 27, 2004 by CP
Wow, what a scholarly survey of the Afghan civil war to include the Soviet occupation, the pursuit of power by the competing mujahadeen factions, and the rise of the Taliban. Read morePublished on October 3, 2002
Larry Goodson's Afghanistan's Endless War is a gem that shines with solid research and clear prose. This survey of Afghanistan's past will assist anyone who wishes to grasp how... Read morePublished on August 1, 2002 by Glenn jensen
I have to say before I start this review that this is not going to be nearly as glowing as the other reviews on this book. There's a good reason for that (in my opinion of course). Read morePublished on February 24, 2002 by Norm Zurawski