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Hunting Bin Laden: How Al-Qaeda is Winning the War on Terror Hardcover – June 17, 2008
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"...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....
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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Good read although I am partial to military books. Love learning and immersing myself into "the suck". I find books like this absolutely fascinating.Published 1 month ago by giebner1
great item that arrived in a timely manner no complaints would buy from this vender again the price was perfect for this itemPublished on June 10, 2013 by A.Fabian
This book was for the kindle app on my sons iPod. He is half way through it and likes it so farPublished on August 2, 2011 by Sk8trmomee
It's a journalist who is simply self-gratifying themselves with complete and total biased opinions based on observations they made from a distance. Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by 11b