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Vanessa Gezari

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:30pm

In November 2008, a small group of American civilians took their optimism and experience to Afghanistan, then considered America’s “good war.” They were part of the Pentagon’s controversial attempt to bring social science to the battlefield, a program, called the Human Terrain System, that is driven by the notion that you can’t win a war if you don’t understand the enemy and his culture. The field team in Afghanistan that day included an intrepid Texas blonde, a former bodyguard for Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and an ex-military intelligence sergeant who had come to Afghanistan to make peace with his troubled past. But not all goes as planned. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Columbia University Professor and author, Vanessa Gezari. Her new book "The Tender Soldier" is riveting.

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