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About the Author

Rob Schultheis, author of four previous books, including the acclaimed Night Letters: Inside Wartime Afghanistan, has been filing dispatches from Afghanistan for over twenty years. His screenplay credits include Seven Years in Tibet, and his articles have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian. He lives in Telluride, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,136,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By XO on September 30, 2008
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A great book which brings to light facts about 9/11 and our realtionship with our so called friends like the Saudis and Pakistanis. VERY interesting analysis about where UBL is hiding (in plain sight) and how strange it seems that we can't find him. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in two days.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Moore on June 14, 2008
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After coming across Schultheis's new book, I've ordered copies for all my friends and family. This is one of the most important books of the year. It provides both a vital history to, and brillant analysis of, the origins of the war on terrror, and why we are losing it. After spending a great deal of time in Afghanistan, as well as Iraq, Schultheis is uniquely positioned to evaluate the misguided strategy that the US continues to pursue. If you want to understand the real nature of the conflcit between the US and radical Islam, without the fluff and spin of either the Bush administration or the mainstream news media, read this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 26, 2008
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"Hunting bin Laden: How al-Qaeda Is Winning the War on Terror" is an excellent and very readable account of the people and wars of Afghanistan, the Taliban and al Quaeda. I enjoyed reading the author's speculation on the current whereabouts of bin Laden, and even found via online satellite images a developed site in the tribal border region that matches Schultheis's description of his hideout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scamp Lumm on December 26, 2008
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"...if ISI wasn't allied with al-Qaeda, why did Pakistan flt al-Qaeda personnel as well as ISI officers and Taleban commanders out of Kunduz in November 2001?"

"...until Wahhabi missionaries paid by Saudi "religious charities" began showing up in the 1990s, opening Salafist madrassas and mosques. Shortly thereafter, Moslem converts began kinds of attacks never seen before in the region..."

This journalist is surely one of a kind. He has spent decades in Afghanistan, writing and monitoring events happening there. He's survived at least half a dozen assassination attempts, yet can still find people he can truly trust among their native peoples. To do the sort of dangerous work he does requires a certain kind of person, courageous, strong willed, extremely fit physically, shrewd, cunning and wise, a lot like the native Afghans. I have so many pages bookmarked and alas, ( if I were only independently wealthy, I would own it) it's a library book due today!

The stories he shares have made lasting impressions upon me: the Hazara, (Shia muslim) women in a refugee camp slaughtered two weeks after he visited them who begged him for help escaping the Taleban, the nursing woman shot dead along a rural road by heroin addicted Taleban orphan boys, an American soldier shot dead because of his disrespectful behavior toward Afghanistan.

A plus reporting by Robert Schulteis, the book is choc full of information about Afghanistan. Good luck catching UBL, seems like someone in Pakistan's ISI is clueing him in on a few things....
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By Andrew R. Bagley on August 25, 2011
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A typical chapter of this book goes as thus:

Let me tell you about this topic. I must mention this second topic first. Then I'll start my story about the 1st topic. The story I told was actually about the first time I had travelled to this place. Let me tell you about the second time I went to this place. Here is another random third topic I introduced with a one sentence introduction in the middle of the last paragraph. Oh by the way, you should read (buy) my friend's book about this fourth topic I just brought up. Let me conclude by covering the third topic again with points I already made. Thanks.

No but really, I am surprised this book has such good reviews. Not only am I constantly confused about the NUMEROUS tangents he goes on, I'm also wary of the validity when he tells his first hand accounts of incidents. When he was talking about Tora Bora he said it was the most lethal air strike barrage he has ever witnessed, then a paragraph later he said he was in Colorado during that time? What?

I also didn't get this book for some super cited account of Afghanistan like 'Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001' but sometimes he uses his flexibility way too much. How can he really stereotype all Taliban as homosexual pedophiles? In another part, he quotes his friend's book for a few pages (Kindle Edition). Is this Rob Schultheis' book or his friends?

In the end its an enlightening read from someone who has been part of Afghanistan media relations for an exceptionally long time. I would really like to have dinner with this guy and pick his brain with all the experiences he has had.
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