9780385533317

Taliban Shuffle : Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

  • ISBN 13:

    9780385533317

  • ISBN 10:

    0385533314

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 03/22/2011
  • Publisher: Doubleday

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Summary

A true-lifeCatch-22set in the deeply dysfunctional countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, by one of the regionrs"s longest-serving correspondents. Kim Barker is not your typical, impassive foreign correspondent-she is candid, self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud funny. At first an awkward newbie in Afghanistan, she grows into a wisecracking, seasoned reporter with grave concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region. InThe Taliban Shuffle,Barker offers an insiderrs"s account of the "forgotten war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan, chronicling the years after Americars"s initial routing of the Taliban, when we failed to finish the job. When Barker arrives in Kabul, foreign aid is at a record low, electricity is a pipe dream, and of the few remaining foreign troops, some arenrs"t allowed out after dark. Meanwhile, in the vacuum left by the U.S. and NATO, the Taliban is regrouping as the Afghan and Pakistani governments flounshy;der. Barker watches Afghan police recruits make a travesty of practice drills and observes the disorienting turnover of diplomatic staff. She is pursued romantically by the former prime minister of Pakistan and sees adrenaline-fueled colshy;leagues disappear into the clutches of the Taliban. And as her love for these hapless countries grows, her hopes for their stability and security fade. Swift, funny, and wholly original,The Taliban Shuffleunforgettably captures the absurdities and tragedies of life in a war zone.

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