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    DescriptionCarlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Now that American troops are withdrawing, it is time to tell the full history of how we have been fighting the wrong enemy, in the wrong country.Gall combines searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghanis who endured a terrible war of more than a decade. Her firsthand accounts of Taliban warlords, Pakistani intelligence thugs, American generals, Afghani politicians, and the many innocents who were caught up in this long war are riveting. Her evidence that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden is revelatory. This is a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage.


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    Title
    The Wrong Enemy
    Subtitle
    America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carlotta Gall
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 329
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 560 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544046696
    ISBN 10: 0544046692
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FCA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15580
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    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    DC22: 958.1047
    BIC subject category V2: HBWS4
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
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    B&T Approval Code: A44440000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A44098000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 54
    DC22: 958.104/7
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 958.1047
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027190
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    LC classification: DS371.412 .G35 2014
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Imprint name
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Publication date
    08 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Review quote
    "A valuable contribution to a hefty body of work on the American war in Afghanistan that has become stale and somewhat hackneyed. It provides a raw, unvarnished and important look at one of the darkest and least understood parts of the Afghan war....Ms. Gall, a reporter for The New York Times in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than a decade, beginning shortly after Sept. 11, is in an extraordinary position to write this important and long overdue book." --"The New York Times" ""The Wrong Enemy" is a timely survey of a military and diplomatic undertaking that has exacted a stiff tribute from Afghans and NATO forces in lives, treasure, and national prestige. Gall is right to confront the uneasy truths involving Pakistan's double-dealing while also identifying coalition shortfalls...When it comes to informative, credible reporting from Central Asia over the past decade, Gall ranks with journalists like Dexter Filkins and David Rohde who have written about Afghanistan with authority and context. But Gall is perhaps uniquely positioned to tackle the troubling questions she raises about Pakistan's alleged support of terrorism...As the US and NATO prepare to possibly withdraw all forces from Afghanistan at the close of this year, Gall's book qualifies as a must-read." "--The Christian Science Monitor" "Gall's long years of reporting for the New York Times from the front lines of the war are clear in this book, particularly in her vivid reconstruction of how things went rapidly downhill after the easy U.S.-led victories over the Taliban at the end of 2001...To her credit, Ms. Gall gets the most important thing right. She underscores the danger of the U.S. turning its back on Afghanistan, which, while still fragile, shows more signs of modernity than ever before. The repercussions of the U.S. drawdown 'are already inspiring Islamists, who are comparing it to the withdrawal of the Soviet Union' after its defeat at the hands of the mujahedeen. Unlike the Obama administration