The Wars of Afghanistan by Peter Tomsen
Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers

84%

5 Critic Reviews

Wise words from trial-and-error experience in the trenches.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

As Ambassador and Special Envoy on Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992, Peter Tomsen has had close relationships with Afghan leaders and has dealt with senior Taliban, warlords, and religious leaders involved in the region’s conflicts over the last two decades. Now Tomsen draws on a rich trove of never-before-published material to shed new light on the American involvement in the long and continuing Afghan war.

This book offers a deeply informed perspective on how Afghanistan’s history as a “shatter zone” for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative. It brings to life the appallingly misinformed secret operations by foreign intelligence agencies, including the Soviet NKVD and KGB, the Pakistani ISI, and the CIA.

American policy makers, Tomsen argues, still do not understand Afghanistan; nor do they appreciate how the CIA’s covert operations and the Pentagon’s military strategy have strengthened extremism in the country. At this critical time, he shows how the U.S. and the coalition it leads can assist the region back to peace and stability.

 

About Peter Tomsen

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Peter Tomsen was President George H.W. Bush's Special Envoy on Afghanistan with the rank of Ambassador from 1989 to 1992. Tomsen entered the Foreign Service in 1967 and served in Thailand, Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union. He was United States Deputy Chief of Mission in China from 1986 to 1989, deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian Affairs from 1992 to 1995, and the American Ambassador to Armenia from 1995 to 1998. He lives in Virginia with his wife.
 
Published December 10, 2013 by PublicAffairs. 914 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 15 2011

Wise words from trial-and-error experience in the trenches.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jerry Mark Silverman on Jul 12 2011

In conclusion, this lengthy manuscript might best have been published as two separate books.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephen Tanner on Jul 28 2011

This long-overdue work...is the most authoritative account yet of Afghanistan’s wars over the past 30 years and should be essential reading for those wishing to forge a way forward without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Oct 10 2011

This book offers a deeply informed perspective on how Afghanistan's history as a "shatter zone" for foreign invaders and its tribal society have shaped the modern Afghan narrative.

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Excellent
Reviewed by : John Hoh, Jr.

The reader will come away with a greater understanding of a land many of us knew little about, but in which we've had a military presence since 2002.

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