By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
From the award-winning writer of Imperial existence within the Emerald City, a riveting, intimate account of America’s bothered battle in Afghanistan.
while President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and relief to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran undefined. He chanced on the hassle sabotaged not just via Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance yet through infighting and incompetence in the American executive: a warfare cupboard arrested via vicious bickering between best nationwide safeguard aides; diplomats and relief staff who didn't carry on their grand supplies; generals who dispatched troops to the inaccurate locations; and headstrong army leaders who sought a much more expansive crusade than the White residence sought after. via their bungling and quarreling, they wound up squandering the 1st 12 months of the surge.
Chandrasekaran explains how the us hasn't ever understood Afghanistan—and most likely by no means will. through the chilly struggle, American engineers undertook a huge improvement undertaking throughout southern Afghanistan in an try to woo the rustic from Soviet impact. They outfitted dams and irrigation canals, and so they confirmed a comfortable residential group often called Little the USA, with a Western-style college, a coed neighborhood pool, and an opulent clubhouse—all of which embodied American and Afghan hopes for a shiny destiny and an in depth dating. yet within the overdue 1970s—after transforming into Afghan resistance and a Communist coup—the american citizens deserted the quarter to warlords and poppy farmers.
in a single revelatory scene after one other, Chandrasekaran follows American efforts to reclaim the exact same territory from the Taliban. alongside the best way, we meet a military basic whose adventure because the most sensible army officer in command of Iraq’s eco-friendly region couldn’t organize him for the bureaucratic knots of Afghanistan, a Marine commander whose wish to cost into distant hamlets conflicted with civilian priorities, and a war-seasoned diplomat annoyed in his push for a scaled-down yet long term American dedication. Their struggles convey how Obama’s desire of a great conflict, and the Pentagon’s wish for a powerful victory, contracted at the arid plains of southern Afghanistan.
Meticulously suggested, highly revealing, Little the USA is an exceptional exam of a failing war—and an eye-opening examine the complicated courting among the United States and Afghanistan.
“Fascinating and clean . . . Chandrasekaran is an excellent reporter and swish author whose person vignettes, concerned with army and civilian misfires, are on-target and infrequently mortifying.”
-Max Boot, The Wall highway Journal
“Brilliant . . . just a journalist with Chandrasekaran’s adventure and talent may inform this terribly complex tale with such clarity.”
-June Thomas, Newsday
“Sharp and refined . . . significantly informative . . . Little the United States doesn't disappoint.”
-Bill O’Leary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Chandrasekaran’s apt portrayal of the Afghan viewpoint and on-the-ground tensions makes the publication a needs to for coverage shapers and citizens alike.”
-Hamed Aleaziz, mom Jones
“A must-read account . . . Little the US is the simplest paintings but in addressing our military-diplomatic crusade in Afghanistan and the disorder that stymies it.”
-Peter J. Munson, Small Wars Journal
“Searing . . . strong and well timed reporting, crackling prose, and greater than a bit controversy will make this one of many summer’s scorching reads.”
-Starred assessment, Publishers Weekly
“Clearheaded . . . Well-researched and compelling . . . Chandrasekaran captures the absurdity of a bumbling forms trying to reengineer in its personal photo a society that's part a global away . . . A well timed, convincing portrait of an profession in crisis.”
“Drawing on interviews with key contributors and 3 years of first-hand reportage, Chandrasekaran can provide a bracing analysis of the problem.”
About the Author
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and affiliate editor on the Washington publish, the place he has labored in view that 1994. He has stated from greater than 3 dozen international locations and has served because the newspaper’s bureau leader in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia. he's the writer of Imperial lifestyles within the Emerald urban: within Iraq’s eco-friendly sector, a finalist for the nationwide e-book Award and one of many big apple Times’s 10 most sensible Books of 2007. He lives in Washington, D.C.