On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia

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Penguin, Mar 31, 2009 - Travel - 352 pages
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Available for the first time in paperback, Steve Coll's trek across a socially and politically damaged South Asia

Bestselling author Steve Coll is one of the preeminent journalists of the twenty-first century. His last two books, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens, have been praised for their creative insight and complex yet compelling narratives-and have put him on par with journalists such as the legendary Bob Woodward. Now, for the first time ever, the paperback edition of On the Grand Trunk Road is finally available, revised and updated with new material. Focusing on Coll's journeys in conflict-ridden India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan as a bureau chief for The Washington Post, On the Grand Trunk Road reveals a little-seen area of the world where violence, corruption, and greed have had devastating effects on South Asians from all walks of life.
 

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Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
STATES OF FLUX
Sound and Fury
The Grand Trunk Road
The Gravy Train
Village on a Hill
STATES OF MIND
Enemies
Among the Death Squads
The Boys
Riding the Tiger
Inside
Secret
STATES OF PROGRESS
A Shadow Lifts a Shadow Falls
DEMOCrahsee

Through the Looking Glass
Rulers
Crossed Lines
STATES OF CONFLICT
Time Bomb
Acknowledgements
Copyright

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Steve Coll, winner of a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, has been managing editor of the Washington Post since 1998 and covered Afghanistan as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992. Coll is the author of four books, including On the Grand Trunk Road and The Taking of Getty Oil.

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