How We Missed the Story, Second Edition

Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan
December 2013
432 Pages
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In How We Missed the Story, Second Edition, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Roy Gutman extends his investigation into why two successive U.S. administrations failed to head off the assaults of 9/11 and to look at the U.S. military intervention that followed. Anyone who thinks Afghanistan doesn't matter, or that Washington can walk away once again, is "missing the story."

"In the second edition of How We Missed the Story, Roy Gutman updates the already compelling case he made for the necessity for U.S. leaders to understand the culture and history of Afghanistan before the invasion of 2001. Those in the highest reaches of America's foreign policy establishment will find it an essential guide to avoiding the blunders of the past. Academics will embrace it as essential reading for our next generation of leaders. And the public will at last have an explanation of why we were not able to win our nation's longest war."

Bill Belding, School of International Service, American University

Roy Gutman

Roy Gutman is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who formerly served as foreign editor for McClatchy newspapers.

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