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The Resource After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests : unembedded in Afghanistan, Ted Rall

After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests : unembedded in Afghanistan, Ted Rall

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After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests : unembedded in Afghanistan
Title
After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests
Title remainder
unembedded in Afghanistan
Statement of responsibility
Ted Rall
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An unflinching account--in words and pictures--of America's longest war by our most outspoken graphic journalist Ted Rall traveled deep into Afghanistan--without embedding himself with U.S. soldiers, without insulating himself with flak jackets and armored SUVs--where no one else would go (except, of course, Afghans). He made two long trips: the first in the wake of 9/11, and the next ten years later to see what a decade of U.S. occupation had wrought. On the first trip, he shouted his dispatches into a satellite phone provided by a Los Angeles radio station, attempting to explain that the booming in the background--and sometimes the foreground--were the sounds of an all-out war that no one at home would entirely own up to. Ten years later, the alternative newspapers and radio station that had financed his first trip could no longer afford to send him into harm's way, so he turned to Kickstarter to fund a groundbreaking effort to publish online a real-time blog of graphic journalism (essentially, a nonfiction comic) documenting what was really happening on the ground, filed daily by satellite. The result of this intrepid reporting is After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests--a singular account of one determined journalist's effort to bring the realities of life in twenty-first-century Afghanistan to the world in the best way he knows how: a mix of travelogue, photography, and award-winning comics"--
  • "An unflinching account - in words and pictures - of America's war in Afghanistan by our most outspoken graphic journalist"--
Review
A political agenda canâ€TMt undermine the authorâ€TMs credibility as an observer who gets close to the Afghan people and sees what otherwise goes unreported.As a cartoonist, alternative-weekly correspondent, and author of previous books on American imperialism and international intervention (Silk Road to Ruin: Why Central Asia is the Next Middle East, 2014, etc.), Rall lays his cards on the table at the beginning. His subject is “the war against Afghanistan” rather than “the war in Afghanistan”—“Like all choices of language, this is a political choice.” The author is not one of the reporters with big rolls of bills and accommodations at the best hotels, subsidized by major news organizations, nor is he embedded with the soldiers, a position he finds hopelessly compromised: “The Taliban are right: American journalism has been reduced to rank propaganda.” Through cartoons, dispatches and contextual analysis, Rall shares what he has learned through two trips to an Afghanistan that Americans rarely see and comes to conclusions that invite readers to share his outrage: “We have spent $229 billion here. Meals cost less than a dollar. No Afghan should be starving—yet millions are.” He argues that Americaâ€TMs longest war is unwinnable, since “Afghan resistance forces live there. We donâ€TMt. Sooner or later, U.S. troops will depart. All the Afghan resistance has to do is wear us down and wait us out….All occupations ultimately fail.” Talking with Afghans and staying in their villages has allowed the author to understand their puzzlement and resentment at an occupying force with so many resources but so little expenditure in terms of infrastructure support in comparison with military spending. Thereâ€TMs a particularly telling photograph of a “children crossing” sign in which the caricatures are practically stick figures: “In Afghanistan, even abstract symbols are emaciated.”Even readers who do not share Rallâ€TMs politics will find his reporting powerful and convincing.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2014)
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10351313
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Rall, Ted
Dewey number
958.104/7
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS371.412
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Rall, Ted
  • Rall, Ted
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • Afghanistan
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unembedded in Afghanistan
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After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests : unembedded in Afghanistan, Ted Rall
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  • cartographic image
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Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780809023400
Lccn
2013038793
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color maps
Label
After we kill you, we will welcome you back as honored guests : unembedded in Afghanistan, Ted Rall
Publication
Carrier category
  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xii, 226 pages
Isbn
9780809023400
Lccn
2013038793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, color maps

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