Episode 72: Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal’s first book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, The Taliban and The War through Afghan Eyes, was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. And deservedly so — this book is easily one of the most important foreign policy books of the last decade and certainly the best book written about the Afghan War thus far.

As its title suggests, Gopal offers a rarely seen perspective on the US-led intervention in Afghanistan by profiling individuals–both civilian and Taliban — and by telling the story of shifting alliances of one region in Southern Afghanistan.

Gopal discusses how he went about reporting these amazing stories; what compelled him to travel to Afghanistan on a whim in 2008; and how his complexion both helps and complicates his reporting in Afghanistan and in the Middle East.

I think you can tell I was so thrilled to speak with Anand. If you have not already done so, definitely read his book. You’ll look at the Afghan war–and perhaps even interventionism–in a totally different way.

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