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The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
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Author Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his new book, 'The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum.' Williams was an adviser to the new film, '12 Strong: The Declassified Story of the Horse Soldiers,' which is currently in theaters starring Chris Hemsworth. Many of the characters from his book are portrayed in the film.

About The Book: The book details how, after 9/11, the CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help US Special Forces wage a covert war in the mountains of Afghanistan that ended in a stunning victory. It sheds light on how the desperate Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan's holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy. The Last Warlord shows that, far from serving as a mere backdrop for American heroics, it was the horse-mounted descendants of Genghis Khan that allowed the American military to overthrow the Taliban regime in just two months.

About The Author: Brian Glyn Williams, PhD, is a professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency tracking suicide bombers in Afghanistan and is the author of Predators: The CIA's Drone War on al Qaeda, Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America's Longest War, and The Crimean Tatars: The Diaspora Experience and the Forging of a Nation.

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