The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

by Sarah Chayes

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As a former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes developed a devoted listenership for her on-site reports on conflicts around the world. In The Punishment of Virtue, she reveals the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan in the wake of the defeat of the Taliban, which has severely undermined the effort to build democracy and allowed corrupt tribal warlords back into positions of power and the Taliban to re-infiltrate the country. This is an eyeopening chronicle that highlights the often infuriating realities of a vital front in the war on terror, exposing deeper, fundamental problems with current U.S. strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201640
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

From 1997 to 2002, Sarah Chayes served as an overseas correspondent for NPR, reporting from Paris and the Balkans, as well as covering conflicts in Algeria. When war broke out in Afghanistan in 2001, NPR sent her to report from Quetta, Pakistan, and then from inside Afghanistan, based in the southern city of Kandahar, as the Taliban fell. In 2002, she left NPR to take a position running a nongovernmental aid organization, Afghans for Civil Society, founded by Qayum Karzai. Now she has launched her own artisanal agribusiness, called Arghand. Her work as a correspondent for NPR during the Kosovo crisis earned her, together with other members of the NPR team, the 1999 Foreign Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi awards.

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Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Chayes' "The Punishment of Virtue" is not an easy read in the sense that the subject matter is disturbing and challenging. Sarah Chayes is a former NPR reporter who chose to stay in Kandahar, Afghanistan and has lived there for since the war began. It is a haunting tale of US involvement in Afghanistan. The book helps pull back the curtains on the complex interactions between political and military groups in that country. At times chilling, Chayes story is essential reading for anyone wanting to know more about the early days of US involvement in Afghanistan and the role of Pakistan in that country's current problems. While you could never argue Chayes ins't biased, it is disappointing that this book has not reached a wider audience. It very much deserves one. It is a thought provoking, well written all too true tale of our modern times.
drnike50 More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in understanding Afghanistan's present situation, this book certainly provides a more in-depth perspective. I am a fan of NPR, and remember Sarah Chayes' reports from far-flung corners of the world...apparently she had a lot to tell about Afghanistan that was not allowed even on NPR. She uses this book to reveal what she learned from five years of being there as a reporter, and later, a resident of Khandahar. The story is fascinating, scary, and very enlightening...I want to learn more after hearing Sarah's experiences.
Jestak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent account of the events in Afghanistan since September of 2001, by an ex-journalist who has been on the ground in the country for virtually the whole time and has been close to many of the key players, both Afghan and American.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah Chayes was an NPR reporter started reporting from Afghanistan in 2001. Eventually she quit her job to help found an NGO which ran development projects in Kandahar (the so-called 'capital' of the Taliban). Eventually, as the Taliban insurgency against the NATO-supported govt. began to pick up and reporters and journalists retreated "behind the wire" she became virtually the only American living in Kandahar itself. This is a chronicle of her time there between 2001 and 2005 and her assessment of what went wrong. The story starts with a funeral - that of her friend, the chief of police in Kandahar - and the author's determination to figure our how exactly he died and who killed him.This is an outstanding book and probably the best look at what went wrong in the American-led occupation of Afghanistan from the ground level. Sarah Chayes herself comes across as tough, highly independent-minded, deeply sympathetic to the plight of the ordinary Afghan. Its an extraordinary book by an extraordinary person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago