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

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

by Ahmed Rashid

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Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
OregonAnthrop More than 1 year ago
An excellent account of the economic and political difficulties facing the nations of Afghanistan and Pakistan and of the invovement of the U.S. in creating and exacerbating these problems. Rashid understands that the conflicts in both countries are far more closely related to control of power and resources than to "militant Islam."
jrcovey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Required reading for anyone who wishes to have an informed opinion on the Afghan war.Rashid's earlier book on the Taliban was a real bolt from the blue. _Taliban_ did more than any other book to dispel the mystery around the movement and make it clear who they were and are.In this book he is more concerned with events that have been transpiring in plain sight, so to speak, so it does not quite have the same oomph. But it is a comprehensive and trustworthy guide to the complexities of the Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship from which has come so much of the present struggle.Rashid is forthright about his friendship with Hamid Karzai, a relationship that does not seem to keep him from levelling the odd criticism. I think it fair to say that this insider status has expanded rather than limited this book's perspective.
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