Another book to toss onto the reading list:
Seth G. Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan, (W.W. Norton & Co.) Release date: July 6. More info at Amazon.
I’m not a fan of the title, as I prefer Toynbee’s reference to the area that is now Afghanistan as a “roundabout” rather than any graveyard cliche (which now just makes me think of Ahmed Rashid’s “Graveyard of Analogies“). But Jones’ work is solid, so I will be picking up a copy of this book.