How We Missed the Story: Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan

How We Missed the Story: Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan

By: Roy Gutman (author)Hardback

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Focusing principally on events and policy missteps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media "missed the story" in the leadup to 9/11. He advances this narrative carefully and persuasively and approaches his subject with an objective, journalistic eye, drawing heavily on his own original research and extensive interviews with key players both in the United States and abroad. Arguing that the U.S. government made a strategic mistake by categorizing bin Laden's murderous assaults prior to 9/11 as terrorism, he ultimately concludes that the core failure was in the field of U.S. foreign policy.Sure to attract a wide audience, this first-rate, deeply engaging volume makes a highly original contribution to our understanding of the events and mistakes that ultimately led to 9/11 - and offers much-needed insight so that such a story is not missed again.

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Roy Gutman is a Pulitzer Prize - winning journalist who currently serves as foreign editor for McClatchy newspapers.


Introduction: The Death of Foreign Policy?; Comrades: The End (1989); A Half Solution (1989-1992); Ahmed Shah Massoud (1992-1996); "An Endless Tragedy of Epic Proportions" (1997); "Silence Cannot be the Strategy" (1998); Hijacking a Regime (1999); Coasting toward Catastrophe (2000-2001); Human Rights under Massoud and the Taliban; Radicalization without Response; Epilogue: Clemenceau Revisited.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781601270245
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781601270245
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 1601270240

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