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THOMAS E. RICKS, author of Fiasco and The Gamble
“If you think you understand the war in Iraq, or just think you should try to, read this book. This is a deep dive through the last seven years of America’s foray into the Middle East. No one will agree with everything here, but anyone interested in what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan will benefit from reading it.”
ANDREW J. BACEVICH, author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War
“For Americans, the story of U.S. military involvement in the Islamic world centers on ‘us’ not ‘them,’ with Afghans and Iraqis cast as victims or bystanders. In this brilliantly reported and deeply humane book, Nir Rosen demolishes this self-serving picture, depicting the relationship between the occupied and the occupiers in all its nuanced complexity.”
Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Beyond Fundamentalism
"A searing, first-hand account of the consequences of America's "war on terrorism" by one of the most respected voices on the Middle East. Honest, fearless, devastating. No one but Nir Rosen could have written this book."
“It is a painful experience to read Nir Rosen’s highly informed account of the destruction of Iraq and the spread of the plague of sectarian violence incited by the invasion to Lebanon and beyond. The image this meticulously detailed rendition brings to mind is of a brutal ignoramus wielding a sledgehammer to smash a complex structure he does not understand, with unpredictable but predictably awful consequences. Amazingly, Rosen finds rays of hope in the ruins. No less compelling, and distressing, is his vivid account of his experiences in Taliban-controlled territory. An indispensable contribution to the understanding of great contemporary tragedies.”
Parag Khanna, author of The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
"The world would be a more dangerous place without Nir Rosen's Aftermath. His bracing recounting of the invasion of Iraq and subsequent insurgency, and blunt dissection of the myths surrounding the surge are an essential antidote to the complacency that has set in as America exits Iraq--and which could lead to similar debacles in the future."
“Aftermath is a masterwork, the product of a life devoted to a relentless pursuit of the knowledge and understanding of strange men who walk in nearly unimaginable paths across the far places of the world.”
Chris Hedges, Author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning and Empire of Illusion
“Nir Rosen has almost single handedly rescued the name of journalism in the Middle East from a class of reporters who function as courtiers and propagandists for the military and our political elite. Rosen's fierce independence and honesty, as well as an ability to see the wars we are fighting from all sides, make his book exceptional for its nuance, complexity and insight into our bloody march through the Muslim world.”
If the information is coherent and interesting, I don't mind a boring book at all.
There doesn't seem to be much order to the presentation - entire paragraphs could be put in an entirely different order and it would make little if any difference.
If his book is flawed because it reads like a reporter's notebook, the relevance of his revelations has more meaning now, and even greater meaning as time passes.
I have just started reading Aftermath, and it demands a close read. Later I may expand this review, accordingly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charles A. Krohn
It is a miracle that Rosen survived. Every big event, he gets out there and talks with survivors and the Sheiks at the mosques. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Bon Temps Jolie
it's a good book about the agression wars of USA against moslims.About the chaos,destruction and dead that USA brings in the moslim world. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by janu
Truth is alway elusive, as what we "know" is always filtered--either by what others tell us or by what our senses perceive, sometimes misleadingly (as with the significant... Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Ralph Adam Fine
AFTERMATH: FOLLOWING THE BLOODSHED OF AMERICA'S WARS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD offers a more general survey of Muslim-American encounters in the Middle East than most books would... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
In 50 years, I fully expect this book will be used to teach the history of this conflict. It is a masterwork that portrays the conflict from all sides, including that of the... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Zeta Syanthis
I had no problem with the author's writing style. In fact, I very much enjoyed it. This book gave me a much clearer idea of what the people of Iraq have had to endure as a result... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by restraining order