CNN National Security Analyst Peter L. Bergen’s book is essential reading for those who want a thorough analysis of the U.S. involvement in the “war on terror.” He does a great job of giving the reader a revealing portrait of Osama bin Laden, the development of al-Qaeda, U.S. counter-terrorism and use of torture, the misguided sideshow of Iraq, and the ongoing “longest war” in Afghanistan. One might not like some of Bergen’s conclusions, but one will come away with a thorough understanding of this war without end. Bergen suggests elsewhere that the U.S. presence in Afghanistan will be much like South Korea–a sobering thought. –Greg
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