"Fascinating book. What went wrong in Afghanistan after the Taliban were driven out? Why has reconstruction failed? Why is the country descending once again into turmoil and madness? These are the questions that burn today and will go on burning for years to come. Dr. Atash's disquieting book gives one glimpse of the answer. It's all too easy to speak of 'corruption' and 'mismanagement' as the media routinely does; the devil is in the details and Dr. Atash, one of many players in the thick of the effort to restore Afghanistan, plunges boldly into those details and he names names. This may not be the whole story of what went wrong in Afghanistan - this is after all one man's testimony - but this undoubtedly represents the larger story all too accurately: interactions like the ones recounted here were surely repeated countless times throughout the process of reconstruction." --Tamim Ansary Author, Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York
About the Author
Dr. Nadir Atash is an Afghan-American educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author who has lived in the United States for over 30 years. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the prestigious American University Beirut, his M.S. in Science Education from Claremont University in California and his PhD in Statistics and Educational Research from Florida State University in 1981. In 1982, Dr. Atash accepted a position at the State Department of Education in Columbia, South Carolina. He served as a professor of applied statistics and research methodologies at the University of South Carolina and was also an avid soccer player and coach. In 1986, Dr. Atash moved his family to the Washington, D.C. area. He served as a statistician at Westat, a major research firm in Rockville, MD, where he managed major studies and published extensively in technical journals in the United States and other countries.
In the 1990 s, Dr. Atash launched Quick Lube, an automotive services company, and PARSA, an educational consulting firm, which he continues to manage successfully. He has been a well-known activist and pillar amongst the Afghan diaspora for the past twenty-five years. He is the founder of Nooristan Foundation (1999-present) and founding Chairman of the Board of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (2002-2004). He served as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport in Afghanistan (2003-2005) and President of Ariana Airlines (2005-06). Today, Dr. Atash is Chairman and CEO of Emerald View Group, an international business consulting and real estate marketing firm. He has appeared on local and international media and hosted his own international satellite TV show, Nazar, from 2007-08.