Just as US soldiers and diplomats pulled out of Afghanistan, supposedly concluding their role and responsibility in the two-decade conflict, the country fell to the Taliban. In The Long War , award-winning BBC foreign correspondent David Loyn uncovers the political and military strategies and failures that prolonged America's longest war.
... offers a candid view of failed foreign policy in action. Author David Loyn covers the uneven progress of the US-led war with journalistic flair, the rotating cast of characters who fought the war offering insights along the way. This is a powerful work of history that will engender high regard in the years to come.
... deeply reported ... By refusing to negotiate with the Taliban early on, U.S. officials helped to prolong the war, according to Loyn, who offers blunt and persuasive assessments of the tactics and policies of Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry, and other higher-ups ... Distinguished by its granular detail and insider access, this is an authoritative study of where things went wrong.