Little America - Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Little America

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

  • Release Date: 2012-06-26
  • Book Genre: Military
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Little America by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

A New York Times Notable Book

The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan. In this meticulously reported and illuminating book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of President Obama’s surge, and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the president and a military that increasingly went its own way. The profound ramifications this political battle had on the region and the world are laid bare through a cast of fascinating characters—disillusioned and inept diplomats, frustrated soldiers, headstrong officers—who played a part in the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. What emerges in Little America is a detailed picture of unsavory compromise—warlords who were to be marginalized suddenly embraced, the Karzai family transformed from foe to friend, fighting corruption no longer a top priority—and a venture that became politically, financially, and strategically unsustainable.

Washington Post Notable Book
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year

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Book Reviews

  • Well written history of America's folly in Afghanistan

    By Dijatlfoto
    Great book that tells the story of America's attempt at nation building in the Middle East.
  • This should be a required reading...

    By The Red October
    ..for everyone that deploys to Afghanistan, for every USAID employee, for every State Department employee and for 12th grade history classes. This is a fantastic book with infinite lessons to be learned.

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