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Praise for Rajiv Chandrasekaran's Little America:
“Beautifully written. . . . A brilliant and courageous work of reportage. . . . Rajiv Chandrasekaran has done it again. Like Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Little America is a . . . deeply reported account of how a divided United States government and its dysfunctional bureaucracy have foiled American efforts abroad.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Fascinating and fresh . . . Chandrasekaran is a superb reporter and graceful writer whose individual vignettes, focused on military and civilian misfires, are on-target and often mortifying.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Brilliant . . . Only a journalist with Chandrasekaran’s experience and skill could tell this extraordinarily complicated story with such clarity.”
“A scalding and in-depth critique of U.S. policy and performance in Afghanistan.”
“Chandrasekaran draws vivid sketches of how Karzai and his family and their allies operate as a gang of looters, frustrating every attempt to create an honest government that could confront their Taliban enemy . . . The reader gets a keen sense of the chaos that reigns among the Americans and their allies.”
—The Washington Post
“A thoughtful guide to President Obama’s ‘good war’ [and] a devastating indictment of a dysfunctional war machine . . . Chandrasekaran’s expose is a stark warning to rethink how America uses its power.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Chandrasekaran’s apt portrayal of the Afghan perspective and on-the-ground tensions makes the book a must for policy shapers and voters alike.”
“Sharp and subtle . . . Enormously informative . . . Little America does not disappoint.”
“A must-read account . . . Little America is the best work yet in addressing our military-diplomatic campaign in Afghanistan and the dysfunction that stymies it.”
—Peter J. Munson, Small Wars Journal
“Searing . . . Solid and timely reporting, crackling prose, and more than a little controversy will make this one of the summer’s hot reads.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Clearheaded . . . Well-researched and compelling . . . Chandrasekaran captures the absurdity of a bumbling bureaucracy attempting to reengineer in its own image a society that is half a world away . . . A timely, convincing portrait of an occupation in crisis.”
“Drawing on interviews with key participants and three years of first-hand reportage, Chandrasekaran delivers a bracing diagnosis of the problem.”
Mr. Chandrasekaran spends the first part of the book on history and the setup.
Everyone from Alexander the Great to the British then the Soviets and finally America have tried to "help" the people of Afghanistan.
I recommend it to anyone who is into this genre of books and anyone wanting a good overview of the war in Afghanistan.
I checked out this book because it's my area of study but was rather disappointed.
I know some of the other people on here have given it high marks because of it's... Read more
I don't know how he does it, but Chandrasekaran manages to write non-fiction with the scope of a novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by bookcrazy
While I found this book to be insightful and provide some great anecdotes to illustrate his points, as someone who served in the diplomatic world in Afghanistan shortly after Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicholas A Hasko
The author concentrates on a few select individuals at the centre of the conflict in Afghanistan, some of whom he became very close with, and is therefore speaking from a very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luis
the book jumped around with dates and people to much throughout the book causing it to get confusing at times.Published 4 months ago by Alan
Covered the Afghanistan war during the Obama administration. Content of the book is not as good as authors first book but urge anyone interested in the topic to read it.Published 4 months ago by Jackie Thibault
This book provides a great insight into our War in Afghanistan and the Politics involved. Very well written and interesting.Published 5 months ago by MIKE ROMEU
Detailed account, and in depth look at the complicated problem set in Afghanistan. Recommended for anyone fighting in South Asia.Published 5 months ago by John Doe
This is an excellent compillation of interesting, useful, and streamlined material. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying or working in a field that is impacted by... Read morePublished 8 months ago by H'Oscar