Last Warlord The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime

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ISBN-13: 9781613748008
Edition: 2013
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Description: Chronicling the spectacular rise to power of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, this is an intimate profile of the one of the most powerful warlords to have dominated Afghanistan in the years since the Soviet withdrawal in the late 1980s. His rise from  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Chronicling the spectacular rise to power of General Abdul Rashid Dostum, this is an intimate profile of the one of the most powerful warlords to have dominated Afghanistan in the years since the Soviet withdrawal in the late 1980s. His rise from simple peasant villager to warrior against the repressive policies of the Taliban and Al Qaeda is told by one of the few outsiders to be accepted into Dostum’s stronghold in the in the northern deserts of Afghanistan. Thanks to this unprecedented access, author Brian Glyn Williams was able to conduct lengthy interviews with Dostum and his family, as well as his subcommanders, local chieftains, mullahs, Taliban enemies, prisoners of war, and women’s rights activists. What emerges is an intensely personal account of the Mongol warlord, detailing his childhood, motivations, hopes for his country, and conviction that it is time for a new generation of Western-trained technocrats to shape his country’s destiny. With the drawing down of U.S. troops in 2014 and Dostum poised to reenter the world stage to fight a resurgent Taliban, this timely analysis provides important historical context to the controversy swirling around Afghanistan’s warlord culture and is an essential contribution to the debate on Afghanistan’s future.

BRIAN GLYN WILLIAMS earned his first master s at the Central Eurasian studies program at Indiana University and a second master s in Russian history and a PhD in Central Asian history from the University of Wisconsin. Among his published works are "Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America s Longest War" (2011) and the upcoming "The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime" (2013). A tenured professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, he lives in Boston.

Maps
Preface
Chronology
The Warlord of Mazar
How to Meet a Warlord
The Approaching Storm
Raiders
Last Line of Defense
The Evil Comes to America
Search for a Plan
Khoja Doko Village, 1954
The First Battles
The Soldier
The Traitor
Khadija
Conspiracies
The Warlord
The Coup
Malik
The Americans
The Offensive Begins
Interview with a Warlord
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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