Little America

The War Within the War for Afghanistan

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307947048, 416pp.)

Publication Date: March 12, 2013

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A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Washington Post" Notable Book
A "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" Best Book of the Year
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.



About the Author
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is an assistant managing editor of "The Washington Post" and currently heads the "Post's" continuous news department, which provides breaking news stories to the paper's Web site, washingtonpost.com. Prior to that he was bureau chief in Baghdad, before, during, and after the war. Previously he served as Cairo bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent, and covered the war in Afghanistan. He joined the "Post" in 1994. He has served as the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, and as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, also in Washington.
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