The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban (Paperback)

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As a former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes developed a devoted listenership for her on-site reports on conflicts around the world. In "The Punishment of Virtue," she reveals the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the wake of the defeat of the Taliban, which has severely undermined the effort to build democracy and allowed corrupt tribal warlords back into positions of power and the Taliban to re-infiltrate the country. This is an eyeopening chronicle that highlights the often infuriating realities of a vital front in the war on terror, exposing deeper, fundamental problems with current U.S. strategy.

About the Author

An award-winning former NPR correspondent, foreign policy expert, and entrepreneur with ten years experience in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment and the author of The Punishment of Virtue. She lives in Washington, DC.

Praise For…

Engrossing . . . In elegant prose, [Chayes] brings to life the regionÆs rich history, complex politics and proud ethnic Pashtun tribesmen. (The New York Times Book Review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143112068
ISBN-10: 0143112066
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: July 2007
Pages: 386
Language: English