The Valley’s Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban
Daniel R. Green. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 2011. 288 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Reviewed by John R. Ballard
This fine small book provides a peek inside a crucial part of the war in Afghanistan that remains largely unknown to the majority of Americans: the work of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs).
This innovation, designed to tailor assistance to local needs, helps link military and civil-development efforts in Afghanistan. PRTs reflect the importance placed on gaining the people’s support in a counterinsurgency effort. Because of their success in Afghanistan, they were also used during the conflict in Iraq. The Valley’s Edge provides an opportunity to better understand the important work of PRTs, through the author’s experiences in helping oust the Taliban from the desolate southern Afghan province of Uruzgan.