Anand Gopal

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Anand Gopal is a freelance journalist covering Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, and other international hotspots. He has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and his writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Harper’s, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Gopal is a fellow at the New America Foundation. No Good Men Among the Living is his first book.



  • Anand Gopal interviewed on HuffPost Live

    Anand Gopal discusses 'No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes' on HuffPost Live.

  • Anand Gopal interviewed on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes

    Anand Gopal discusses 'No Good Men Among the Living America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes' on MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes.

  • Anand Gopal interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Anand Gopal discusses 'No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes' on Democracy Now!

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Q & A

Where are you from?
New Jersey

Who are your favorite writers?
Tim O’Brien, Cormac McCarthy, David Eggers, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Ursula K. Le Guin, Pillip Gourevitch

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Things They Carried, The Border Trilogy, Random Family, Zeitoun

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
I’m a science and philosophy buff and read anything on those subjects I can get my hands on

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Form follows content (in writing and in life)

What is your favorite quote?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.–Robert A. Heinlein

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q: How do you cope with the brutalities you’ve witnessed in warzones?
A: I can always leave and return home. The subjects I write about often don’t have that choice, and that’s the truly compelling question—how do they cope? 

What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve been driven by a desire to see that the stories and truths of the American war in Afghanistan are not lost to history

Where do you write?
In the library.



Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the deadIn...