This is one of the first important books about America's longest war. Assaf Cohen is an accomplished narrator. The author tells the story through interviews with three Afghans: a pro-American warlord, a Taliban commander, and an educated housewife. Gopal lets the facts speak for themselves, but America's warriors do not come off well, acting as unwitting thugs for warlord factions, displaying a propensity for torture, and creating enemies where none existed before. Cohen's pacing is excellent. His diction is clear, and his pronunciation of Afghan place names practiced. While Cohen's all-purpose Pashto accent gets old--he uses it for almost all interview excerpts--he captures the anguish of Gopal's interview subjects as they describe having to make impossible choices. F.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2015]
Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2015
CD ISBN 9781622316663 $39.99 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN 9781622316670 $29.99
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