A Kingdom of Their Own - The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster-logo

A Kingdom of Their Own - The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster

Joshua Partlow

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post. The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money-supplied to one of the poorest nations on earth, in ever-greater amounts-left the region even more dangerous than before the first troops arrived. At the center of this story is the Karzai family. President Hamid Karzai and his brothers began the war as symbols of a new Afghanistan: moderate, educated, fluent in the cultures of East and West, and the antithesis of the brutish and backward Taliban regime. The siblings, from a prominent political family close to Afghanistan's former king, had been thrust into exile by the Soviet war. While Hamid Karzai lived in Pakistan and worked with the resistance, others moved to the United States, finding work as waiters and managers before opening their own restaurants. After September 11, the brothers returned home to help rebuild Afghanistan and reshape their homeland with ambitious plans. Today, with the country in shambles, they are in open conflict with one another and their Western allies. Joshua Partlow's clear-eyed analysis reveals the mistakes, squandered hopes, and wasted chances behind the scenes of a would-be political dynasty. Nothing illustrates the arc of the war and America's relationship with Afghanistan-from optimism to despair, friendship to enmity-as neatly as the story of the Karzai family itself, told here in its entirety for the first time. From the Hardcover edition.

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post. The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money-supplied to one of the poorest nations on earth, in ever-greater amounts-left the region even more dangerous than before the first troops arrived. At the center of this story is the Karzai family. President Hamid Karzai and his brothers began the war as symbols of a new Afghanistan: moderate, educated, fluent in the cultures of East and West, and the antithesis of the brutish and backward Taliban regime. The siblings, from a prominent political family close to Afghanistan's former king, had been thrust into exile by the Soviet war. While Hamid Karzai lived in Pakistan and worked with the resistance, others moved to the United States, finding work as waiters and managers before opening their own restaurants. After September 11, the brothers returned home to help rebuild Afghanistan and reshape their homeland with ambitious plans. Today, with the country in shambles, they are in open conflict with one another and their Western allies. Joshua Partlow's clear-eyed analysis reveals the mistakes, squandered hopes, and wasted chances behind the scenes of a would-be political dynasty. Nothing illustrates the arc of the war and America's relationship with Afghanistan-from optimism to despair, friendship to enmity-as neatly as the story of the Karzai family itself, told here in its entirety for the first time. From the Hardcover edition.
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The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post. The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money-supplied to one of the poorest nations on earth, in ever-greater amounts-left the region even more dangerous than before the first troops arrived. At the center of this story is the Karzai family. President Hamid Karzai and his brothers began the war as symbols of a new Afghanistan: moderate, educated, fluent in the cultures of East and West, and the antithesis of the brutish and backward Taliban regime. The siblings, from a prominent political family close to Afghanistan's former king, had been thrust into exile by the Soviet war. While Hamid Karzai lived in Pakistan and worked with the resistance, others moved to the United States, finding work as waiters and managers before opening their own restaurants. After September 11, the brothers returned home to help rebuild Afghanistan and reshape their homeland with ambitious plans. Today, with the country in shambles, they are in open conflict with one another and their Western allies. Joshua Partlow's clear-eyed analysis reveals the mistakes, squandered hopes, and wasted chances behind the scenes of a would-be political dynasty. Nothing illustrates the arc of the war and America's relationship with Afghanistan-from optimism to despair, friendship to enmity-as neatly as the story of the Karzai family itself, told here in its entirety for the first time. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

P.J. Ochlan

Length:

18h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:08


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:09


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:05


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:14


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:23


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:43


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:22


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:48


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:34


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:13


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:54


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:30


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:14


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:41


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:21


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:28


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:41


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:35


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:54


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:31


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:12


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:14


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:40


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:58


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

09:54


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:02


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:57


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:12


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:28


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:14


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:18


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:36


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:13


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:44


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:04


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

09:01


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:49


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:56


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:46


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:25


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:07


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:30


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:24


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:27


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:34


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:32


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

09:01


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:24


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:54


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

08:05


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

07:17


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:05


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:52


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

06:16


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:20


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:00


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:10


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

07:30


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:57


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

09:47


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:38


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

09:29


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:13


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:40


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:37


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:40


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:43


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:16


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:37


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

08:27


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:44


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:23


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:02


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:06


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

08:07


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:28


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:52


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:30


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:45


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:44


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:53


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:48


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

08:32


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:17


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

05:32


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

00:38