A prizewinning "New York Times" correspondent chronicles a remarkable chain of events that begins with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continues with the attacks of 9/11, and moves on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He thought that in the beauty of the world hid a secret. He thought the world's heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world's pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower. -Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Oh, horrible vultureism of earth! from which not the mightiest whale is free.
-Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
To Khalid Hassan and Fakher Haider, friends and colleague who were killed while looking for the truth, and Lance Corporal William L. Miller, who went first.
The marines were pressed flat on a rooftop when the dialogue began to unfold.