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The Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes
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Sep 14, 2007

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Recommended for: those interested in Afghanistan

This is a weird little number. The author was a reporter for National Public Radio and went in with the U.S. invasion in 2001. She was charmed by both the people and the region she went to - Kandahar. So she left NPR, set up her own charity organization and settled in to do good. She is quickly disillusioned by the U.S. military and government's lack of understanding of the Afghan people and the continuing role Pakistan has been playing in keeping things stirred up. Also, she's a bit too self-important for my taste, but she did do some research on Afghanistan's history and that was interesting.
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