A Fragile Future: An Update to Descent into Chaos

A Fragile Future: An Update to Descent into Chaos

by Ahmed Rashid

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A fascinating up-to-date look at the roots of our financial crisis from the New York Times bestselling author Kevin Phillips

Descent into Chaos
is Ahmed Rashid's sweeping, brilliant exploration of the failure of the United States to secure peace and nourish democracy in Pakistan and Afghanistan after the removal of the Taliban following 9/11. Thoroughly researched and powerfully written, it has been hailed from all corners as one of the most important books on the effects of American policy in the Middle East to appear in some time.

In this searching update, Rashid takes stock of events in Pakistan since the book's publication, including the 2008 elections, the end of the Musharraf era, and the further resurgence of the Taliban. Up from Chaos makes the convincing case that if peace is to come to central Asia, Pakistan remains the key.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101046777
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 19
File size: 200 KB
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Ahmed Rashid is a journalist who has been covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for more than 20 years. He is a correspondent for the Wall Street JournalFar Eastern Economic ReviewDaily Telegraph, and the Nation, a leading newspaper in Pakistan. His #1 New York Times bestseller Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia has been translated into more than 20 languages. Rashid’s other works include Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, and Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia.

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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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