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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595261752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595261758
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,632,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Soon after I returned from covering the war in Afghanistan in late 2001, it became obvious that the Bush Administration had made next to no effort to capture Osama bin Laden. It had made next to no effort to bring democracy to Afghanistan. And it had made next to no effort to rebuild that war-torn country.

That left only one reason for the U.S. to invade Afghanistan: the country's position between the Indian Ocean and the landlocked Caspian Sea nation of Kazakhstan, which lucked into the biggest oil strike in world history in 1999.

The story of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline has been reported in countless fragmentary reports, but no one had ever brought together all the loose threads into a coherent piece. Given the complexities of Central Asian politics and the energy business, it wasn't surprising that the average American was not aware of the scandalous origins of the U.S. invasion and occupation.

I decided to try to change that. GAS WAR tells the whole story of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline from its start in the mid 1990s to the recent agreement signed by Hamid Karzai authorizing its construction. It aptly demonstrates that there is no "war on terrorism," but rather a wholesale attempt to colonize oil-producing states. This is, of course, precisely the kind of resentment-causing policy that will lead to future acts of terrorism against innocent Americans. If you care about America, you need to know about the crimes that your President is committing in your name.

About the Author

Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids and 2024.

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Ted Rall is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, columnist, graphic novelist, editor, author and occasional war correspondent.

Twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rall's important books include "Revenge of the Latchkey Kids," about the travails of Generation X, and "Silk Road to Ruin," a survey of ex-Soviet Central Asia. He traveled to Afghanistan during the fall 2001 U.S. invasion, where he drew and wrote "To Afghanistan and Back," the first book of any kind about the war. He was also one of the first journalists to declare the war effort doomed, writing in The Village Voice in December 2001 that the occupation had already been lost.

Rall's latest book is "The Book of Obama: How We Went From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt." His next book, "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan," comes out in November 2013.

Inspired after meeting pop artist Keith Haring in a Manhattan subway station in 1986, Rall began posting his cartoons on New York City streets. He eventually picked up 12 small clients, including NY Weekly and a poetry review in Halifax, Nova Scotia, through self-syndication. In 1990, he returned to Columbia University to resume his studies, from which he graduated with a bachelor of arts with honors in history in 1991. (His honors thesis was about American plans to occupy France as an enemy power at the end of World War II.) Later that year, Rall's cartoons were signed for national syndication by San Francisco Chronicle Features, which is no longer in business. He moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1996.

His cartoons now appear in more than 100 publications around the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, Tucson Weekly, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pasadena Weekly and MAD Magazine.

Rall considers himself a neo-traditionalist who uses a unique drawing style to revive the aggressive approach of Thomas Nast, who viewed editorial cartoons as a vehicle for change. His focus is on issues important to ordinary working people--he keeps a sign asking "What do actual people care about?" above his drafting table--such as un- and underemployment, the environment and popular culture, but also comments on political and social trends.

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By "rdegr" on May 11, 2003
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I found this interesting and thought-provoking. With about a footnote per page, it's hard for me to understand other reviews I've read that claim this book is poorly researched.
Ted doesn't manage to prove his major thesis, that an Afghan war was being planned prior to 9/11. The evidence he presents is intriguing, but circumstantial. However, he clearly documents the preeminence of the oil pipeline in our management (or mismanagement) of that country following the invasion.

This book really seems to upset people. Perhaps that's because the motivations Ted ascribes to our leaders really do seem more congruent with the end results of their actions than do their stated intentions.
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By Pace Amani on June 7, 2010
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Follow the money. Americans need to wake up and see how they have been duped by politicians and corporations into a war that was never about Osama who?
Ted Rall does an excellent job laying out the facts.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Damith on January 12, 2003
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I read the book and most of the facts I found interesting to read. Some of the facts in this book , I already read through other news media ( Internet). I wish many Americans will read this book and learn about what is happening in the rest of the world due to American foreign policies.
( Adding 25th eb 2004) Now the Iraq war is over..what this book discussed and said about BUSH policies(foriegn) has already come true. I read the book again recently for the second time after the Iraq war.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2003
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This book forces its readers to rationalise the true reason behind the war in Afghanistan. It has references to other articles where readers can find out for themselves if they need to. At the very least, this book is a great balance to all the pro-Bush reading materials out there.
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