The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Anchor Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the "Taliban Shuffle" between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter--her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the "forgotten war," finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.
 

 

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If Somalia is the most failed state then Afghanistan and Pakistan are furiously nipping at it's heels for that coveted position and from reading this book it seems that their wishes have been realized ... Read full review

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

This memoir was a real eye-opener into the life of a female journalist working in several Islamic countries. The risks she takes are incredible, as are the stories of corruption, culture clashes ... Read full review

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Contents

Welcome to the Terrordome
3
Montana
15
American Idiot
23
There Goes My Gun
34
One Way or Another
47
March of the Pigs
56
Monkey Gone to Heaven
68
Message in a Bottle 19
81
My New House
120
Barely Legal
131
WHACKASTAN
141
Under Pressure
143
Highway to Hell
156
God Save the Queen
167
Stray Cat Strut
179
Lucky Star
190

Lets Get Radical
91
chapter lo Hell Yes
109
Acknowledgments
301
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About the author (2012)

Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published by Doubleday. The movie version, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, was released in 2016, starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Margot Robbie and Billy Bob Thornton. Barker is now a metro reporter at The New York Times, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Ms. Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica.
 

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