Complex dynamics is a mild term for a country that touches four regions of the vast sharing zone that is Eurasia, and has been at the intersection of many of their competitions. This book's very clear focus on what is possible in Afghanistan has it moving quickly through background material before a closer examination of power plays in the region from 20th century until today. That the U.S. created the very enemies it now claims it must fight by bombing civilians is well-known. Here are the well-presented details.
An excellent chapter at the end offers What Can President Barack Obama Do?, an organized list of solid recommendations. It includes 2. Stop humiliating Afghan men and desecrating their homes, a practice many say recruits militants. The list also acknowledges the problem of humanitarian aid trickling down slowly and meagerly: 4. Start helping Afghans in a way they can understand, see, and appreciate. Empowering women in Afghanistan to work and educate themselves is a key component of this proposal.
Sima Wali describes a 'vast majority of willing Afghans who are capable of ushering in democratic change.' Mr. President, are you listening?" - Lisa Savage, PINKtank --Lisa Savage, PINKtank
I strongly recommend Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald's new book, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story. Thirty years in the making, this deeply researched book is bursting with overlooked facts and unauthorized insights. Through their erudition, prescience and passion, Gould and Fitzgerald have provided us with an urgent and necessary history, one that pierces through the haze of misinformation that has, for far too long, obscured the guiding light of an authentic past. - Ryan Croken, Truthout --Truthout.org
"In their recent book, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, two US journalists with a long involvement there, trace how it has re-emerged after being parked with a compliant Pakistani regime during the Iraq war. . . Speaking at meetings throughout the US, Fitzgerald and Gould report a bewilderment about why the extra troops are being sent there now. They believe the Obama administration is buying time to save face, redefine its commitment and reorganise its priorities." --The Irish Times
"In Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, journalists Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould outline striking historical accounts of an ancient nation, its borders shaped through colonial wars and conflicts between empires. Their style is reflective yet factual, delving into Afghanistan's key role in central conflicts that have defined global politics in the past century, from the Cold War to the 'war on terror.'" --Stefan Christoff, The Hour
"Fitzgerald and Gould (journalists who have been reporting on Afghanistan and US policy towards Afghanistan since 1981) narrate the political history of Afghanistan and provide a critical analysis of US policy towards Afghanistan. They reveal the manipulations of Afghanistan by the United States and other great powers from the 'Great Game' of the 19th century through the current 'War on Terror' and describe its terrible consequences for the Afghan people." --Book News
"To understand Afghanistan's tragic circumstances, this well-documented book by journalists Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould is essential reading. . . . The authors urge US leaders to learn from the Soviet experience and adjust their policies to help the Afghan people regain their independence, especially from foreign-supported extremism, before it is too late. Engaging reportage." --Ruth Parnell --Nexus Magazine
"Invisible History provides a wealth of often generally-unknown details about the tribal and ethnic alliances that created current divisions and government instability." --Paul J. Nyden --Sunday Gazette Mail
"The history told within these covers is the story of an ancient nation whose intention in the past century or so has included the creation of a free and tolerant society. . . . It is the authors' contention that this struggle erupted into a civil war when the US began arming warlords and reactionary religious forces in its war against the Soviets. . . . This book puts the responsibility for Afghanistan's desperate situation directly in the laps of US policymakers . . . It also asks whether or not this was the intention of those policymakers all along." --Ron Jacobs, Dissident Voice
Our Read & Practice Peacemaking group picked up this book in an effort to become more informed about Afghanistan. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by A. Eaves
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Fitzgerald and Gould add another book to the shelf of important work on the many Great Games, from Hopkirk's of that title and his Like Hidden Fire, to Coll's Ghost Wars, all of... Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Richard J. Gibson