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Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence

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Through in-depth research and detailed historical context, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls report on the injustice of U.S. policies in Afghanistan historically and in the post-9/11 era. Drawing from declassified government documents and on-the-ground interviews with Afghan activists, journalists, lawyers, refugees, and students, Bleeding Afghanistan examines the connect ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published September 15th 2006)
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Celticguardian
Feb 05, 2016 Celticguardian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is an interesting overview into the Afghanistan invasion. Its primary focus is the US role in the country, from Jimmy Carter to the present. It uses declassified files and planning documents to make the case.

The authors reside in America but raise funds and awareness for RAWA, a women's organisation, and so provide an interesting analysis of the role of women during the Afghan War. They visit Afghanistan and conduct some interviews, while criticising other journalists who take a simila
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Huyen
after reading Steve Coll's Ghost Wars, I was on high alert when reading this book, constantly checking its footnotes (most of which are relatively reliable) and comparing it with Ghost Wars's "reference frame". this book feels like a huge journal, quoting from hundreds of different texts and quoting a random line out of context might not be my favorite way of looking at things.
I still can't make up my mind how I think of it. it's definitely a very opinionated book but has plenty of good points
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Pam Rasmussen
This is a fairly good overview of the history of Afghanistan and the impact of U.S. involvement. However, I would have liked a bit more human interest in it. The best part was near the end, when it discusses the misuse of the burka as a symbol of women's oppression.
Alison
Oct 14, 2007 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
This book is nothing more than an ill-researched rant. Don't waste your time reading it, and certainly don't waste your money buying it.
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