What the Taliban Told Me

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Simon & Schuster
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6.0 X 8.8 X 1.1 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author
Ian Fritz was an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist in the United States Air Force from 2008­-2013. He became a physician after completing his enlistment and is the author of What the Taliban Told Me.
"The future of war has arrived; and the voices of its dead are in this haunting book."--Elliot Ackerman, author of The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan
"A fraught, moving account by a conflicted soldier." --Kirkus
"For most Americans, even for many servicemembers who deployed to Afghanistan, the Taliban proved a shapeless, inscrutable enemy over our two decades of war. Not so for Ian Fritz. As an airborne linguist tasked with listening in on suspected Taliban's communications, he grew to know them intimately, understanding their wants, fears, and dreams in ways that transcend the normal boundaries of war. What the Taliban Told Me is a beautiful book told with rare honesty and seeking and introduces Ian Fritz as a powerful moral and literary voice."
--Matt Gallagher, author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War and the novels Youngblood and Daybreak
"This book is precisely what policymakers in Washington needed 20 years ago. What the Taliban Told Me achieves something that few War on Terror books have accomplished; it puts a human face on the enemy. This somber and well-crafted memoir is essential reading for anyone attempting to comprehend our war in Afghanistan. Fritz brings a fitting conclusion to 20 years of conflict in a land that Americans never truly understood."
--Kevin Maurer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of No Easy Day
"The war in Afghanistan ranks as America's longest, a conflict that started with strong public support in 2001 but ended two decades later misunderstood, controversial--and unwon. Ian Fritz's book illuminates not only the American side, the little-known polyglot world of U.S. military linguists in particular, but also that of the Taliban. Fritz has done something difficult and noteworthy. He is a blunt and thoughtful guide who brings the Taliban to us in their own words, beyond the caricatures, and helps us understand who they, "the enemy," really are--their war zone comradery, motivations, and humor amid all the violence. And why, in the end, they won the war. In these pages, Taliban voices have lasting echoes because Ian Fritz is a good listener and compelling writer."

--J. Kael Weston, author of The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan