In his previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, Rajiv Chandrasekaran exposed the failures and follies of the first years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan (Knopf, $27.95), is a depressingly similar tale about wellintentioned military and development plans gone awry, this time in Afghanistan. The story is filled with inflexible generals, uninformed diplomats, misguided development experts, distracted political leaders, and squabbling administration officials. But for all the ineptitude, poor co-ordination, wasted resources, personal rivalries, and lack of effective oversight that Chandrasekaran documents, he maintains a very even, exceedingly non-polemical tone. “For years,” he writes in conclusion, “we dwelled on the limitations of the Afghans. We should have focused on ourselves.”

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Drawing on exceptional access to key government officials, journalist Daniel Klaidman has written one of the most thorough accounts so far of the Obama administration’s infighting over how to conduct anti-terrorist operations and how to handle captured terrorist suspects. In Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28), Klaidman advances significantly our understanding of such critical developments as the frustrated effort to close the Guantánamo Bay prison, the escalation of targeted killings, the hand-wringing over the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, and the wrangling over how to put these prisoners on trial. The portrait that Klaidman offers of President Obama tackling these national security dilemmas reinforces the image of this president as someone who has struggled to balance fundamentally liberal leanings against a determined pragmatism.
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The extraordinary story about the Obama administration’s decision to launch a supersecret cyber operation against Iran’s nuclear facilities is the centerpiece of New York Times correspondent David Sanger’s Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Crown, $28). But this well-sourced and vividly written book also provides informative accounts of the handling of other key national security challenges, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab Spring, China and North Korea. President Obama is portrayed as both idealist and pragmatist. On the one hand, he’s wary of military action when no national threat exists and rejects the neoconservative notion of the United States as “indispensable nation.” On the other hand, he’s depicted as firmly willing to use force to protect U.S. interests, as when he ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, expanded drone strikes into an antiterrorism offensive, and authorized use of the Stuxnet cyberworm to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.

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