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I Is for Infidel: From Holy War to Holy Terror: 18 Years Inside…
by Kathy Gannon
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"Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, cradled by mountains to the south and east, desert to the west, and the fractious tribal lands to the north. For much of its history it has been a land visited only by people on their way to somewhere else. Not, though, by Kathy Gannon. She arrived in 1986 with dreams of being a foreign correspondent, expecting that she might move on soon afterwards. She stayed eighteen years, becoming in that time the most knowledgeable Western journalist to observe the cataclysms that rocked the region - and after 2001 went on to convulse the world."."From the collapse of the Soviet occupation to the years of anarchic tribalism, to the creation and rise of the Taliban, to the hijacking of power by al Qaeda, Cannon stayed with the story of Afghanistan and its people. She watched the country go from being the battleground for a proxy superpower conflict to a forgotten backwater where vicious local politics ran unchecked and the essential structure of the country decayed."--BOOK JACKET.
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