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Jeff

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Narrated By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance, but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; and generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places.

    Chris Reich says: "Easily Confused with Vietnam"
    "Insight into the Helmand Province."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Rajiv is able to convey a story of a people engaged in a struggle to survive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rajiv created a vision for me of what life is like in Helmand Province for the locals as well as for the Coalition forces. He made me look at Afghanistan through new lenses and drove me to dig deep into the details of many, many maps. I listened to the book in my car and as soon as I'd get home I was on my computer looking at maps. Great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Rajiv recognizes the complexity of Afghanistan. This book conveys how difficult it is at the local level to build a lasting relationship with the Afghanis and transfer their trust to the coalition and ultimately, to a national government. The effort goes both ways but at the local level, it is a challenge village to village, town to town and city to city. The resources required to achieve this are incredibly large and not currently being used.

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  • In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Seth G. Jones
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Following September 11, the United States successfully overthrew the Taliban regime. It established security throughout the country, and Afghanistan finally began to emerge from more than two decades of conflict. But Jones argues that, as early as 2001, planning for the Iraq War siphoned off resources and talented personnel, undermining the gains that had been made. After eight years, the United States had pushed al-Qaeda’s headquarters about one hundred miles across the border into Pakistan.

    Curt says: "Interesting Book but- Worst Narrator Ever"
    "Nice overview and macro look at Afghanistan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. In The Graveyard of Empires provides some thought provoking analysis on why the war the Afghanistan is so difficult and provides some solutions.


    Have you listened to any of William Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    With Seth Jones' understanding of Afghanistan, I thought his analysis was excellent but his solution was weak. He is right about the lack of forces to take, hold and build infrastructure throughout Afghanistan. He is right about the US's distraction in Iraq which impacted Afghanistan. His solution is to put more pressure on Pakistan, create local defense forces using Afghani citizens and provide heavy assistance from the Afghan army and/or coalition forces when necessary. Security is vital to establishing a nation. I find his solution intriguing but incomplete. He also spent some time comparing different policies for defeating insurgent forces. Most insurgent forces in history have been defeated by law enforcement action as he states but the insurgents have grievances against their own government. Insurgents against an occupying army is more complex. Law enforcement actions would not work against the Taliban because the Afghanis are not loyal to the national government. They are loyal to whoever provides them with security.

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  • O Jerusalem: Day by Day and Minute by Minute the Historic Struggle for Jerusalem and the Birth of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    O Jerusalem! is the epic drama of 1948, when Arabs and Jews fought for control of the city of Jerusalem. This story traverses centuries and continents, covering the time between WWII and the creation of the independent state of Israel. Based on five years of intensive research and thousands of interviews, this is a story of courage, terrorism, heroism, and ultimately, war.

    Aaron says: "Excellent book!"
    "O Jerusalem"
    Overall

    An enlightning look into the day-to-day events leading up to the Isreal's War of Independence with insights into both sides of the war. There are many fascinating personal accounts as well as the strategies that both sides attempted to execute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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