The list author says: "These are books I have found helpful in understanding the Afghan COIN and advisory environment. I am sure there are many other good ones out there, but of the ones I have read these are, in my opinion, the most useful. I hope that this list may be helpful."
""Those who forget the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them" and many have forgotten them. If you are going to work in IJC, HQ ISAF, NTM-A, USFOR-A, or any of the RC HQs read this book before you deploy and take it with you when you go."
"Very very good book covering the tactics used by the Mujahideen to defeat the Soviet Union. The tactics covered in this book are still relavent and in use against us today. Very useful book to read and understand."
"Dr. Lockhart and Dr. Ghani do a spectacular job of describing challenges, pitfalls, and solutions to fixing failed/failing states. This book may not be needed for the folks out on the pointy end of the spear, but if you are coming to HQ staff this should be one of the first books you read."
"Very good book for the national/ministerial advisor. Really digs into issues regarding transformation and change associated with governance and economics. Not an easy read, but well worth it. If you are headed out as a tactical advisor or kinetic kind of guy, spend your time on a different book."