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on May 1, 2010
With Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland, David Isby provides the reader an extremely thorough look into the central issue of current US foreign policy. His analysis is deep and penetrating, if very lengthy. Isby goes into detail into every aspect of the conflict in Afghanistan (and Pakistan), and examines the many challenges the US and its allies face there. His analysis of the relations between al Qaeda, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, and there support networks in Pakistan's tribal areas is particularly noteworthy.

The challenges that Isby identifies are daunting to say the least, yet he shows how all of them have viable solutions, if only the US and its allies will be willing to put in the time, effort, and resources to properly see them through.

An outstanding read for anyone seeking an in depth look into the conflicts plaguing Afghanistan, Pakistan, and US policy in the region.
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on January 20, 2014
The historic background of the country was interesting and informative as I spent 2012 in the country (military). The book provides a good lessons-learned profile of the country and its people.
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on October 22, 2015
informative but not a very good read FYI
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on February 27, 2013
I purchased the kindle version of this book for a class on the Conflict in Afghanistan. The author is of course very knowledgeable, and the book is easy to read.
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on April 23, 2013
I had this book on my shelf for over a year and finally got around to reading it. There are very few books I have put down and stopped reading on the subject of Afghanistan. No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan was one, and Isby's book was another. I read 75 pages of it and stopped. There were several grammar mistakes which makes any book difficult to continue reading. Secondly, the book is entitled, "A New History of the Border Land". The book did not give a history of anything that read in chronological order. It was all over the place. The book was extremely dry, contained very little quotations from sources/ conversations, and read like a textbook written by an analyst for analysts.
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