Twenty years ago this week, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of September 11th.
The United States reacted, bombing the Taliban. Controversial cartoonist Ted Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself.
But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help.
From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war.
To Afghanistan and Back, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.
Ted Rall saw all the way back then how this was doomed to failure. Called a “tremendous contribution to comics war journalism” by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist reviewed To Afghanistan and Back stating,”For alternative views of post-9/11 politics, don’t pass up this small, potent volume.”
Now with Afghanistan in the news once again, we encourage readers to explore both this book and others by Ted Rall, who has earned his reputation as a stellar reporter, twice winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
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