Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 3, 2008 - Political Science - 560 pages
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After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid's crucial book Taliban introduced 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 Chaos is 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.


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Review: Descent into Chaos: The United States & the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Central Asia

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

One reviewer said reading this book was like taking very bad medicine. I would agree with that. I take a contrarian view regarding this subject. Let's start with the title and the main premise of the ... Read full review

Review: Descent into Chaos: The United States & the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan & Central Asia

User Review  - Michael Griswold - Goodreads

Let me begin by saying that I liked Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid because it provided a useful and readable of the events surrounding Pakistan and Afghanistan leading up to and post 9-11 and the ... Read full review


Introduction Imperial Overreach and Nation Building
The Unending Conflict in Afghanistan
Pakistans Long Search for Its Soul
Pakistan the United Nations and the United States Before 911
Chapter Four Attack Retaliation and Invasion
Afghanistan and Pakistan at Odds
India Pakistan and the War of Permanent Instability
The War Within Afghanistan
The Taliban Return Home
Pakistans Tribal Areas
The Disappeared and the Rendered
Opium Fuels the Insurgency
Chapter Sixteen Who Lost Uzbekistan? Tyranny in Central Asia
Battling for Control of Afghanistan 2006 2007
The Death of an Icon and a Fragile Future

Political Expediency and Authoritarian Rule
Economic Reconstruction
Rebuilding Security
Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan
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About the author (2008)

Ahmed Rashid is a journalist who has been covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for more than twenty years. He is a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, Daily Telegraph, and The Nation, a leading newspaper in Pakistan. His #1 New York Times bestseller Taliban has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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