Swimming With Warlords: A Dozen-Year Journey Across the Afghan War
Harper, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ournalist Kevin Sites made his first trip to Afghanistan in 2001. Since then he has returned five times to report on the war and people of this country torn apart by conflict.
n 2013 Sites retraced his first trip to examine what, if anything, has changed in Afghanistan. As he revisits the places where he first visited and became acquainted with the diverse land and population, the writer shares his memories of the experiences he had on the battle lines over the years.
art of the narrative involves introducing the eclectic array of individuals he encountered. From warlords and ex-Taliban fighters to politicians, farmers and soldiers, the mesmerizing portraits of these individuals make this book as fascinating as the experiences the author shares.
his up close and personal look at the Afghan war doesn't just focus on American military objectives and U.S. men and women engaged in fighting the war; it adds a different dimension and perspective that is often overlooked.
ith the American withdrawal, Sites also looks to the country's future and what might be ahead for the Afghan people.
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