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Editorial Reviews

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"A useful and generally lively account of what can go wrong when outsiders venture onto the Afghan landscape."
Steven Simon, Foreign Affairs

"This is a serious work that should be factored in as a new policy in Afghanistan evolves."
Jay Freeman, Booklist

"Seth G. Jones’s book provides a vivid sense of just how paltry and misguided the American effort has been.…
In the Graveyard of Empires will help to show what might still be done to build something enduring in Afghanistan and finally allow the U.S. to go home."
Dexter Filkins, The New Republic

"[An] excellent book."
James Blitz, Financial Times

"How we got to where we are in Afghanistan."
Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal

"[Zeroes] in on what went awry after America’s successful routing of the Taliban in late 2001."
Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A blueprint for winning in a region that has historically brought mighty armies to their knees."
Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Offers a valuable window onto how officials have understood the military campaign."
Robert D. Crews, San Francisco Chronicle

"Seth Jones . . . has an anthropologist’s feel for a foreign society, a historian’s intuition for long-term trends, and a novelist’s eye for the telling details that illuminate a much larger story. If you read just one book about the Taliban, terrorism, and the United States, this is the place to start."
Jeremi Suri, author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century

"A timely and important work, without peer in terms of both its scholarship and the author’s intimate knowledge of the country, the insurgency threatening it, and the challenges in defeating it."
Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, author of Inside Terrorism

"A deeply researched and well-analyzed account of the failures of American policies in Afghanistan,
In the Graveyard of Empires will be mandatory reading for policymakers from Washington to Kabul."
Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know

"Seth Jones has combined forceful narrative with careful analysis, illustrating the causes of this deteriorating situation, and recommending sensible, feasible steps to reverse the escalating violence."
James Dobbins, author of After the Taliban: Nation Building in Afghanistan

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Praise for In the Graveyard of Empires "Seth Jones . . . has an anthropologist's feel for a foreign society, a historian's intuition for long-term trends, and a novelist's eye for the telling details that illuminate a much larger story. If you read just one book about the Taliban, terrorism, and the United States, this is the place to start."-Jeremi Suri, author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century "A timely and important work, without peer in terms of both its scholarship and the author's intimate knowledge of the country, the insurgency threatening it, and the challenges in defeating it."-Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, author of Inside Terrorism "A deeply researched and well-analyzed account of the failures of American policies in Afghanistan, In the Graveyard of Empires will be mandatory reading for policymakers from Washington to Kabul."-Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know "Seth Jones has combined forceful narrative with careful analysis, illustrating the causes of this deteriorating situation, and recommending sensible, feasible steps to reverse the escalating violence."-James Dobbins, author of After the Taliban: Nation Building in Afghanistan
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Norton; Reprint edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0393338517
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0393338515
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Seth G. Jones is a senior vice president, Harold Brown Chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Jones was the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. Previously, he served as representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the assistant secretary of defense for special operations. He was also a plans officer and adviser to the commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces, in Afghanistan (Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command–Afghanistan). Dr. Jones is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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