Tasked with leading a team in support of U.S Army Counterintelligence, Jennifer Dunham spent fourteen months in Eastern Afghanistan Charged with conducting in depth interviews of local men applying for jobs on a U.S military base, she gained a unique insight into their culture, perceptions and ways of thinking Through the course of interviewing over 500 Pashtun Afghan men, Jennifer witnessed the heartbreak of war, the still apparent control of the Taliban and effects of decades long oppression on the local population There is no goat provides revelations about the Pashtun Afghan culture like no other book The personal stories present the reader with an understanding of the day to day challenges and dangers many Afghans face The book explores the Afghans views on crucial topics including politics, corruption, the role of Afghan women and Osama bin Laden The first hand accounts contained within the pages of there is no goat present exclusive visions into the minds of Afghan men....
|Title||:||there is no goat|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform May 25, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||360 pages|
|File Size||:||589 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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there is no goat Reviews
I couldn't finish this book. Not because it is poorly written (which it is, as others have noted), but because it alternately made me angry and sad. The author very clearly did not like the local people and made no attempt to understand them or their culture. Instead they were ridiculed. That made me angry. What made me sad is that the author is, whether she likes it or not, a representative of Americans. With her attitude it's no wonder we're hated. The one star rating is for the writing and editing (or lack thereof) and the mis-describing of the book as comical (only if you like laughing AT others, not with them) and insightful. I give it no rating on the overall content because I can't objectively rate it when I so disagree with her opinions.
The author's cultural preparation for serving in Afghanistan was apparently minimal, and the terms of her service mostly confined her to base, leaving little latitude for open, uninhibited encounters with locals. To her credit, she does what she can to mix with Afghans on-base, but the narrative is compromised by her cultural myopia. Of the difficulty of recruiting for a national Afghan army, Dunham laments the lack of patriotism she sees. A rudimentary understanding of Afghanistan's tribalism, and its historical animosity toward centralized power, might have spared her the angst.
I tried to make allowances for the fact some information could not be published due to classification guidance. It didn't help a whole lot.
Through a well written and easy to read first person text, approved for publishing by the U.S. Office of Security Review, Jennifer conveys insight into aspects of the Afghan culture. Much was new to me, like the concept that land is not bought and sold but inherited (or stolen)and land ownership is undocumented. I don't think her purpose was to provide any psychology behind the customs, but I often found enough examples and insights to form some guesses as to the psychology behind the development and continuation of some of the customs. I do have the benefit of having lived overseas and experiencing a different culture (Japanese). I have also visited many countries in Europe and Africa, paying particular attention to peoples and cultures. So, even though much of this area of the world was new to me, it did not surprise me. Jennifer gives enough background to help one understand where the customs come from and why some are so ingrained throughout the fabric of the culture.
Simply awful. Racist, judgmental, arrogant, assumes that American "morality" is the only acceptable and true morality. Ableist/intellectual elitist. I had a feeling when I downloaded it that it was going to be bad, but I had to stop at 16% into it when the author started talking about how stupid these people were in her estimation, based on Western values and education. It should really be subtitled "a collection of insights into the Western imperialist mind," since it is more telling of the author's biases than anything else.
I would have missed this one, except it turned up on an email feed of free Kindle books I get. Dunham is a former Army Intel Officer with service in Iraq who volunteered for a civilian contract in Afghanistan. Though confined to base, her job was to interview local Afghan men to vet them for jobs with the coalition forces. Her insights into how they think, their ignorance and backwardness and the oppression of women in their society are excellent. She has bought into the party line, that the extremist have nothing to do with Islam, going so far as to suggest that Shari'a Law is an un-Islamic creation of the Taliban. But her accounts give the lie to this meme and are well worth reading. She favorably contrasts the Iraqis she met with the Afghans. Reading it, one thinks it is hopeless to advance such a society, the best we can hope for it to contain it so it does not threaten us.
At first I was hoping some additional insight to the Afghan people, things that would be of a anthropological nature. I was pleased to find some of these bits of information. But, what was the enjoyable part was how the author was able to relate the little things that showed some lighter sides of Afghan life. This book is a nice break from the heavier reading on the area.