[UCP Books]: Our latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, edited by Aaron B. O'Connell

An unflinching account of how and why we’ve failed in Afghanistan—written by the very people fighting the war

“Necessary reading.”
Publishers Weekly


“Nothing has ever been easy in the shadow of the Hindu Kush, and the essays in Our Latest Longest War convey that accurately, thoughtfully, and unblinkingly.”
—General David Petraeus



Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan

Publication date: April 24, 2017 $30.00/£22.50
International publication date: April 24, 2017  


You wouldn’t know it from the collective silence in Washington, but the United States is still at war in Afghanistan. And at this point, it’s our longest war in history.

America’s goals in Afghanistan were lofty to begin with: dismantle al Qaeda, remove the Taliban from power, remake the country into a democracy. But not only did the mission come completely unmoored from reality, the United States wasted billions of dollars, and thousands of lives were lost.

Our Latest Longest War is a chronicle of how, why, and in what ways the war in Afghanistan failed. Edited by historian and Marine lieutenant colonel Aaron B. O’Connell, the essays collected here represent nine different perspectives on the war—all from veterans of the conflict, both American and Afghan.

Our Latest Longest War is a hard-headed account of how, why, and in what ways the war in Afghanistan failed—written by the very people who fought it.



Aaron B. O’Connell is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the author of Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps. Previously, he was associate professor of history at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Most recently, he served in the Obama administration as Director of Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council.

Please contact Ashley Pierce at (773) 702-0279 or apierce@uchicago.edu for more information.



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