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Publisher's Summary

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post.
The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money - supplied to one of the poorest nations on earth, in ever-greater amounts - left the region even more dangerous than before the first troops arrived.
At the center of this story is the Karzai family. President Hamid Karzai and his brothers began the war as symbols of a new Afghanistan: moderate, educated, fluent in the cultures of East and West, and the antithesis of the brutish and backward Taliban regime. The siblings, from a prominent political family close to Afghanistan's former king, had been thrust into exile by the Soviet war. While Hamid Karzai lived in Pakistan and worked with the resistance, others moved to the United States, finding work as waiters and managers before opening their own restaurants. After September 11, the brothers returned home to help rebuild Afghanistan and reshape their homeland with ambitious plans. Today, with the country in shambles, they are in open conflict with one another and their Western allies.
Joshua Partlow's clear-eyed analysis reveals the mistakes, squandered hopes, and wasted chances behind the scenes of a would-be political dynasty. Nothing illustrates the arc of the war and America's relationship with Afghanistan - from optimism to despair, friendship to enmity - as neatly as the story of the Karzai family, told here in its entirety for the first time.
©2016 Joshua Partlow (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Nuanced.... American military and political arrogance butts up against deep-rooted cultural customs and family networks throughout this excellent account of a vastly difficult topic." (Publishers Weekly)
"Partlow provides an insightful, revealing dissection of the failures of the US government in Afghanistan.... Partlow's character portraits are masterful.... An excellent introduction to the Karzai family and to the disastrous consequences of the Americans' inadequate understanding of Afghan culture." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A strong assessment of Karzai's government and an important contribution to any well-rounded collection on contemporary Middle Eastern politics and society." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Sanchez on 12-15-17

Very good explanation into Afghanistan

The book explains well key players to the Afghani war and why the war was a failure. From the reasons it failed to why we stayed. Great listen even with the long length.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph C. on 06-08-17

Shockingly accurate

As someone who spent a great deal of time working with Afghan reconstruction I found this book to be shockingly true and insightful to the nature of Afghanistan while also far more illuminating than I thought possible, given my previous experience. I would recommend this as a sort of modern day "Ugly American".

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