The Fight For Afghanistan

Sarah Chayes

Published: 7 September 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 400 pages
ISBN: 9781846272271


Sarah Chayes has spent the past eight years in Afghanistan and knows the country from the inside. Living in the old capital Kandahar, dressing like a man, and befriending the heroic Chief of Police, Akrem, she gained unparalleled access to tribal leaders, cunning warlords, jihadist insurgents and opium traders, as well as politicians, security chiefs and Pakistani Intelligence agents - all contending for power in this uniquely strategic place at a pivotal moment in its history. Hers is an urgent book, and a mesmerizingly readable story.

About the author

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Sarah Chayes spent most of the decade from 2001 to 2011 in Afghanistan, much of the time in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar. She went on to work for two commanders of the international troops, and the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A Pashtu-speaker, she lived and worked among ordinary Kandahari men and women. From 1996, she was an award-winning foreign correspondent for National Public Radio. She is author of The Punishment of Virtue and Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, and is senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. More about the author

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