Descent into Chaos The U. S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

ISBN-10: 014311557X
ISBN-13: 9780143115571
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ahmed Rashid
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid’s crucial book Talibanintroduced American readers to that now notorious regime. In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America’s failed war on terror. Called “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present-day Central Asia. Descent Into Chaosis his blistering critique of American policy—a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct these disasterous strategies before these failing states threaten global stability and bring devastation to our world.

Pakistani journalist and bestselling author Ahmed Rashid was born in Rawalpindi in 1948. He was educated at Malvern College in England, Government College in Lahore, and Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. He works as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Daily Telegraph and writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and academic journals. His titles include Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, and Descent into Chaos.

Maps
Countries and Cities of Central Asia
Ethnic Distribution Within Pakistan and Afghanistan
Afghan Provinces and Federally Administered Tribal Areas
NATO Deployment and Provincial Reconstruction Team Locations in Afghanistan, 2007
Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan, 2007
Military Offensives Launched by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, 2007-2008
Glossary
Acronyms
Introduction Imperial Overreach and Nation Building
9/11 And War
A Man With A Mission The Unending Conflict in Afghanistan
"The U.S. Will Act Like A Wounded Bear" Pakistan's Long Search for Its Soul
The Chief Executive's Schizophrenia Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States Before 9/11
Attack! Retaliation and Invasion
The Search For A Settlement Afghanistan and Pakistan at Odds
The Politics Of The Post-9/11 World
A Nuclear State Of Mind India, Pakistan, and the War Of Permanent Instability
The One-Billion-Dollar Warlords The War Within Afghanistan
Musharraf's Lost Moment Political Expediency and Authoritarian Rule
The Failure Of Nation Building
Afghanistan I Economic Reconstruction
Afghanistan II Rebuilding Security
Double-Dealing With Islamic Extremism Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan
Taliban Resurgent The Taliban Return Home
Descent Into Chaos
Al Qaeda's Bolt-Hole Pakistan's Tribal Areas
America Shows The Way The Disappeared and the Rendered
Drugs And Thugs Opium Fuels the Insurgency
Who Lost Uzbekistan? Tyranny in Central Asia
The Taliban Offensive Battling for Control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007
The Death Of Anicon Pakistan Struggles to Survive
Conclusion A Fragile Future
Acknowledgments
Notes
Suggested Reading
Index

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