Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mini-Review of "No Good Men Among The Living" by Anand Gopal - Pulitzer Prize Finalist for 2015
It is no fluke that this book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In "No Good Men Among The Living" by Anand Gopal, the writing is superb, as are the insights offered through the eyes of three Afghanis who reflect on how they experienced America's intrusion into the world of the Taliban , the Pashtun and other warring Afghani tribes. Particularly moving is the story of a woman whose husband was taken away and killed after the couple pushed the margins of proper behavior too far in their small, isolated and fundamentalist village. Her plight as a widow is pitiable, with her brother-in-law claiming her property after the husband's death. Her rise to a place of prominence in the Afghan Senate is a remarkable story of courage and strength that serves as an inspiration to all.
The book was recommended to me by an American Special Forces soldier who said that it gave him a whole new perspective on the role of U.S. troops in the region.