My Review of Peter Tomsen’s “The Wars of Afghanistan”

July 12, 2011

Apologies for not having posted for awhile — have been caught up in other work and an extended vacation. But do expect my next substantive post about the relationships between the UN aid agencies and World Bank to continue in August.

In the meantime, you might be interested in my review, published today by the New York Journal of Books, of Former United States’ Ambassador and U.S. Special Envoy on Afghanistan Peter Tomsen’s book The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and The Failures of Great Powers; just click on http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/wars-afghanistan-messianic-terrorism-tribal-conflicts-and-failures-great-powers .

I really wanted to like and learn from Tomsen’s book, but was sorely disappointed. The negative tone of the review grew as I plowed through its very long intro and impossibly idealistic recommendations. The middle Part that presents what is in effect his personal diplomatic memoir is quite good, but not enough to justify the other 500 or so pages.

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