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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (937 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ahmed Rashid Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ahmed Rashid is the voice of reason amid the chaos of Central Asia today. His unique knowledge of this complex, war-torn region gives him a panoramic vision and grasp of nuance that no Western writer can emulate. In Descent Into Chaos, Rashid reviews the regional conditions since 9/11 and the catastrophic aftermath of America’s failed war on terror. The underlying theme is clear, devastating and deeply critical of current U.S. foreign policy. Iraq is essentially a sideshow. Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the war really began. Pakistan remains the crucial resource and key player, and Afghanistan is where the fight against Islamic insurgency is eventually going to be played out. Rashid also brings into clear focus the regional issues of Central Asia that few in our country seem to understand and yet are having a crucial impact on our own security and conduct. Seven years after 9/11, despite the thousands of lives and billions of dollars that have been spent in the region, it is in chaos. Pakistan, unstable and armed with nuclear weapons, has become terrorism central. The Taliban is resurging and reconquering land, and al Qaeda is stronger than ever. And at the heart of these calamities is the United States’ refusal to accept its responsibility for statecraft and nation building and its utter failure to understand the region. Rashid’s blistering critique of American policy is also a warning and an impassioned call to correct our failed strategies. There is no more urgent global task.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2009 Arthur Ross Book Award Silver Medal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephen | 2/15/2014

    " A clear picture of Pakistan by an insider. A bit biased, perhaps, but informative and frightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill 1098 | 2/13/2014

    " Rashid knows the area well and brings considerable evidence to bear on the growing problems in Pakistan. The only quibble I have with the book is that it spends perhaps too much time attacking the Bush Administration for its mistakes. He is absolutely correct, but he belabors the point after it has already been established quite firmly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janine | 1/27/2014

    " Another great book by Ahmed Rashid. An insightful critique of US foreign policy in Central Asia from the perspective of a Pakastani journalist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alyssa Erickson | 1/9/2014

    " If you're interested in this area of the world this is an extremely detailed and informative account of US relations. "

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