The Punishment of Virtue

Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

By Sarah Chayes
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143112068, 386pp.)

Publication Date: July 2007

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As a former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes developed a devoted listenership for her on-site reports on conflicts around the world. In "The Punishment of Virtue," she reveals the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the wake of the defeat of the Taliban, which has severely undermined the effort to build democracy and allowed corrupt tribal warlords back into positions of power and the Taliban to re-infiltrate the country. This is an eyeopening chronicle that highlights the often infuriating realities of a vital front in the war on terror, exposing deeper, fundamental problems with current U.S. strategy.



About the Author
An award-winning former NPR correspondent, foreign policy expert, and entrepreneur with ten years experience in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment and the author of The Punishment of Virtue. She lives in Washington, DC.


NPR
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009

Afghanistan is not an easy country to fully grasp. Author Nadeem Aslam recommends three books that help make the United States' involvement there — both before and after Sept. 11 — a little easier to understand. More at NPR.org

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Praise For The Punishment of Virtue

Engrossing . . . In elegant prose, [Chayes] brings to life the regionÆs rich history, complex politics and proud ethnic Pashtun tribesmen. (The New York Times Book Review)

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