I’m a fussy reader and listener, but I think I will be listening to this for quite a while longer – over 30 hours more, actually – which at 30 minutes a day means 60 days listening. On a good day I might get an hour in, listening to more stupidity and violence. And thanking my lucky stars I am nowhere close to it.
Back in the late Seventies, when I was traveling in Southeast Asia, low-budget travelers like me included Iran and Afghanistan in their itinerary. I repeat: Iran and Afghanistan! And of the two Afghanistan was the favorite. The people were wonderful, everyone said. And they even said the same about Iraq! Although that seemed off the beaten track at the time.
This book is about how that world ended. And how America (and nearly everyone else) made it end.