In Descent Into Chaos: Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Threat to Global Security Ahmed Rashid explores the most volatile and dangerous region in the world.
The war on terror is being lost – but not just in Iraq. As this devastating book shows, the real crisis zone now lies in central Asia. Veteran reporter Ahmed Rashid has unparalleled access to the region and knows its leading players, from presidents to warlords. Here he documents how closely Pakistan’s US-backed regime is linked with extremists; how broken promises in Afghanistan have led to a resurgent Taliban fed by drugs money; and how the largest landmass in the world is now a breeding ground for terrorism.
In this story of squandered opportunities, misguided alliances and double-dealing, Rashid pinpoints with chilling accuracy where the true threat to our global security comes from.
Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard
Profound and lively … it reads like a thriller … graphic, detailed and worrying’
Michael Fathers, New Statesman
‘Gripping … a major contribution to understanding the region and the events of recent years … thought-provoking and important’
Jason Burke, Observe
‘His knowledge of events and people there is second to none and the information he has gathered, often at great personal risk, makes alarming reading’
Kim Sengupta, Independent
‘A superbly researched account of post-9/11 Asia … outstanding’
Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph
Author: Ahmed Rashid
ISBN: 9780141020860 ISBN: 9780141020860 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle: THE WORLD’S MOST UNSTABLE REGION AND THE THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY Author: Ahmed Rashid
Afghanistan dominates the news today, as it often did during the Soviet occupation two decades ago. But even in the 19th and early 20th centuries at the height of the Great Game, Afghanistan was the focal point of East-West relations. Squeezed between Russia, China, India and Persia, its tortured history provides an extraordinary glimpse into the patterns of world politics. Today, Afghanistan sits at the pivot of a region where a new Great Game is taking shape, pitched between America, its rivals and the peoples of Central Asia. ISBN: 1850438579 Publisher: I.B.TAURIS Subtitle: A MODERN HISTORY Author: ANGELO RASANAYA