In the Graveyard of Empires

American's War in Afghanistan
In the Graveyard of Empires: American's War in Afghanistan. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2010. ISBN 9781441769756. $34.95; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. HIST
OrangeReviewStarPolitical scientist Jones's (RAND Corporation) groundbreaking, detailed account of American involvement in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion of 1979 through 2009 is finally available on audio. Drawing from declassified documents and interviews with military, political, and national security experts, Jones holds that the United States followed the same failed path taken in Afghanistan by both Britain and the former Soviet Union. The chapter outlining the theoretical basis for insurgency is particularly enlightening. Voice-over artist William Hughes does an excellent job of presenting this important work, a definitive account of perhaps the most questionable American military and foreign policy exercise since Vietnam. Essential listening for all.—Stephen Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.
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