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The tender soldier : a true story of war and sacrifice

Author: Vanessa M Gezari
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Part of the Pentagon's most daring and controversial attempt since Vietnam to bring social science to the Afghanistan battlefield, three tough-minded American civilians find their humanity tested and their lives forever changed by this little-known mission.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Paula Loyd; Clint Cooper; Don Ayala
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Vanessa M Gezari
ISBN: 9781439177396 1439177392 9781439177419 1439177414
OCLC Number: 827119672
Description: 347 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Election day --
What you don't know will kill you --
The tender soldier --
Maiwand --
The anthropology of us and them --
Hearts and minds --
Crime and punishment --
Good intentions --
The devil you don't know.
Responsibility: Vanessa M. Gezari.
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Part of the Pentagon's most daring and controversial attempt since Vietnam to bring social science to the Afghanistan battlefield, three tough-minded American civilians find their humanity tested and their lives forever changed by this little-known mission.

On the day Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008, a small group of American civilians took their optimism and experience to Afghanistan, then considered America's "good war." They were part of the Pentagon's controversial attempt to bring social science to the battlefield, a program called the Human Terrain System, driven by the notion that you can't win a war if you don't understand the enemy and his culture. Gezari follows this historic, little-known mission.

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"Insightful....Gezari delivers a gripping report on another of America's painful, surprisingly difficult efforts to win hearts and minds." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Readers get a sobering Read more...

 
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