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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Aug. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554687993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554687992
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Alexander is a diplomat and politician who served for eighteen years as an international public servant and Canadian foreign service officer. From 2005 to 2009 he was the UN deputy special representative in Afghanistan, helping to lead the largest UN political mission in the world. Alexander was also the Canadian ambassador to that country and a key contributor to the effort to stabilize and support post-Taliban Afghanistan. He returned to Canada in 2009 and is now the Conservative MP for Ajax-Pickering, where he lives, as well as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defense.


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This is a great book for anyone who is interested in understanding Afghanistan and the history that lead to the challenges the country is facing at this very crucial moment in history. It has a wonderful cats of characters and view the country across a number of sectors from politics and culture.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt Alexander on Oct. 31 2011
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My last name obviously outs me, so I declare my bias up front. Chris and I are family. But it's to your credit and benefit that you're still reading because this book is a nascent piece of history. I highly recommend it for anyone with a real interest in one of the most important multi-national efforts of the last decade. It takes you behind the scenes and it's frank. Chris has consistently championed the Afghan people. But his solicitation in this work is mild. Instead he presents facts as an insider. He takes us on a journey of achievements and setbacks and leaves room for the reader to form opinions. The richness of the history is also sweetened by personal anecdotes. He gives you a deep understanding of the political and historical landscape, then takes you with him on a wild slide down a glacier! I would not be suprised if this book shows up on University reading lists. I would not be suprised if this book will be referenced a century from now as the best Great Game histories and memoirs are today.
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History in the making! Oct. 31 2011
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My last name obviously outs me, so I declare my bias up front. Chris and I are family. But it's to your credit and benefit that you're still reading because this book is a nascent piece of history. I highly recommend it for anyone with a real interest in one of the most important multi-national efforts of the last decade. It takes you behind the scenes and it's frank. Chris has consistently championed the Afghan people. But his solicitation in this work is mild. Instead he presents facts as an insider. He takes us on a journey of achievements and setbacks and leaves room for the reader to form opinions. The richness of the history is also sweetened by personal anecdotes. He gives you a deep understanding of the political and historical landscape, then takes you with him on a wild slide down a glacier! I would not be suprised if this book shows up on University reading lists. I would not be suprised if this book will be referenced a century from now as the best Great Game histories and memoirs are today.


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