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Book Title: Tell Me How This Ends: How the West Ignored Pakistan and Lost Afghanistan: The War on Terror in Afghanistan|
The author of the book: Christina Lamb
Edition: William Collins
Date of issue: October 9th 2014
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The definitive book on the war in Afghanistan by award-winning journalist Christina Lamb. Crouched in a ditch in Helmand, with Taliban gunfire exploding around her, Christina Lamb found herself wondering what the British troops at her side were achieving. Twenty years earlier, she had cowered in a ditch in nearby Kandahar, only that time under Russian fire and alongside Afghans who later became Taliban. Today, the war in Afghanistan - at one point hailed by the U.S. as 'a breathtaking success' - has sucked in 140,000 troops. Meanwhile, 70 per cent of terror plots trace to neighbouring Pakistan. How did this happen? Lamb travels both countries seeking answers. She visits Karzai's palace in Kabul, where she finds him pacing a walled garden with snipers on the roof and two baby deer for company. Then to Heart, where she meets with a group of women writers who risked their lives under the Taliban and are once again living in fear. In Peshawar, she discovers mosques openly raising money to fight Americans, while in Quetta she meets Taliban ministers freely recruiting. In Karachi, she spends days with Benazir Bhutto, whose dream of saving Pakistan would end in tragedy.
Lamb's riveting account reveals a textbook case of how not to run a war. It is a tale of international confusion, competing military operations, civilian casualties and payoffs. But the real problem is Pakistan, where that country's dictator takes billions of U.S. dollars even as Pakistani intelligence helps to train enemies of the West. With unparalleled access to key players, from top officials in Washington, London, Islamabad and Kabul, to Taliban and Pakistani spies, Lamb traces the conflict back to the 1980s, when the CIA decided to use Islam as rallying cry against the Soviets. Unflinching and insightful, this definitive account of the West's involvement in Afghanistan is vital reading for anyone who wants to know: are we fighting the wrong war?
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Read information about the authorChristina Lamb OBE is one of Britain's leading foreign correspondents. She has been named Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times in the British Press Awards and What the Papers Say Awards and in 2007 was winner of the Prix Bayeux Calvados - one of the world's most prestigious prizes for war correspondents, for her reporting from Afghanistan.
She has won numerous other awards starting with Young Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards for her coverage of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1988; was part of the News Reporter of the year for BCCI; and won the Foreign Press Association award for reporting on Zimbabwean teachers forced into prostitution, and Amnesty International award for the plight of street children in Rio.
She was named by Grazia magazine as one of their Icons of the Decade and by She magazine as one of BritainÕs Most Inspirational Women. The ASHA foundation chose her as one of their inspirational women worldwide www.asha-foundation.org with her portrait featuring in a special exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery. Her portrait has also been in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was awarded the OBE in the 2013