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The Lion's Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan

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New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson arrived in Afghanistan to report for the magazine ten days before U.S. bombers began pounding Al Qaeda and Taliban forces. His dispatches provide an unprecedented and riveting on-the-ground account of the Afghan conflict, and his e-mails to the magazine — selections of which frame the pieces here — paint a vivid behind-the-scenes po ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 6th 2003 by Grove Press (first published November 1st 2002)
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The way I got turned on to this book is kind of weird; I was browsing on in a half-assed sort of way this past Summer, and noticed that the first review of this book was apparently written by Mr. Anderson's kid brother, who essentially said that while he of course thought his older brother was pretty damn cool, it was in fact true, and everyone should read his books. I have two younger brothers myself, and I know that they have at various times over the years felt trapped in my shado ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Sebastián rated it really liked it
I think the greatest value in this book lies in how the pieces are organised: amid email exchanges between JLA and his editor at The New Yorker, providing a window into how war journalism is (or was) made.
Oct 16, 2009 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anderson spent a lot of time traveling around Afghanistan just before and during the U.S. invasion in 2001. It's up close and personal and the story of Massoud is fantastic -- he was assassinated by suicide bombers on September 10, 2001. He clearly explains why this cleared the way for the 911 attacks. Perhaps the best parts of the book are the memos and emails sent back and forth between Jon Lee and his editors at the New Yorker. They very vividly portray the difficulties he was experiencing in ...more
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Mar 26, 2013 Anne Ward rated it liked it
There are books about Afghanistan by soldiers, by historians, by policy makers, but this book gives a different boots-on-the-ground perspective--the war through the eyes of a reporter. The author, a veteran war correspondent, provides a well written, insightful and informative narrative that falls just short of intriguing.

Three Stars: Good book, but there are better books about Afghanistan--read Horse Soldiers instead.
Aran Gilmore
Apr 18, 2008 Aran Gilmore rated it really liked it
These stories provide a valuable insight into the internal social climate and political structure of Afghanistan. If you have any interest in understanding more about the Middle East, this is one of many books you should read.
May 25, 2007 Najila rated it it was amazing
This was a short but informative book. It was the author's personal experience in Afghanistan right after the 9/11 attacks when America got involved.
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