No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist
National Book Award in Nonfiction finalist
Helen Bernstein Journalism Award finalist
2014 Ridenhour Prize Winner
New York Times Notable Book
As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw, the shocking tale of how the American military had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead.
In the popular imagina...more
He follows the lives of Akbar Gul (a Taliban commander), Jan Muhammad Khan (a U.S-allied militia leader) and Heela Achekzai (a civilian woman), charting the course of their lives before, during and after the American invasio ...more
[Update 8/2016: Two months after reading this book, it hasn't left me. I read the Kindle version, but I now have a hard copy that I'll dip into every ni ...more
With determined objectivity, Gopal does just what he claims: he tells the story of the War on Terror and the last fourteen years--particularly 2001 through 20010--of war and distrust in Afghanistan, "through Afghan eyes". The focus is not on the military or on the people in power, but on the men And women who are, very simply, attempting to survive in a climate of terror, poverty, and confusion. And Gopal begins on September 11, 2001, but in a fitting way for ...more
This is a lesson that the US has had to learn at great cost several times over.
This is one of several points made in Gopal’s book that chronicles the struggles of a Taliban Commander, a pro US “warlord”, and a housewife in wartime Afghanistan. Gopal portrays the day to day savagery and chaos that existed during the civil war years of the 1990’s, as well as after the US invasion. The tales are tragic, bu ...more
‘No Good Men Among the Living’ is making me crazy on several levels. I find myself sputtering, talking to myself, complaining, reacting as if someone had bumped me hard intentionally in a high school hallway. I can’t help it. The book’s subject matter is pushing all of my buttons at once. However, with the single exception of the author Anand Gopal expr ...more
In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American militar ...more
As is most often the case, the narrative about the war that seems to prevail is the government's: that the Taliban harbored terrorists, they were routed, and then were allowed to recover when the country turned its attention and resources to the boondoggle in Iraq.
The story Gopal tells is more complicated, but rings true because of that. The Taliban is not a discrete category ...more
i wanted to read something...historical...political...and i wanted that something to be written by someone with few obvious signs of agenda. anymore, in our world, the sides are drawn and damn the truth. so...this. a library loan, kindle.
there are more than simply the three main characters herein that gopal focuses the lens. there are a myriad of others and small portions of their lives are included here ...more
They waged wars to rob crude oil deposits and to get more orders for their deadly merchandises from all sides of all conflicts ,.
Except when they rob oil then they want to win in order to stick their snout into. the u ...more
The previous accounts of the Afghanistan invasion and occupation I've read had been written from a military or intelligence perspective. There were national interests and enemies at the core of those narrati ...more