Descent into Chaos: The Worlds Most Unstable Region & the Threat to Global Security

Descent into Chaos The Worlds Most Unstable Region the Threat to Global Security Librarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN After September th Ahmed Rashid s crucial book Taliban introduced American readers to that now notorious regime In this new

  • Title: Descent into Chaos: The Worlds Most Unstable Region & the Threat to Global Security
  • Author: Ahmed Rashid
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  • Librarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN 13 9780141020860After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid s crucial book Taliban introduced American readers to that now notorious regime In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America s failed war on terror Called Pakistan s best and bravest rLibrarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN 13 9780141020860After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid s crucial book Taliban introduced American readers to that now notorious regime In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America s failed war on terror Called Pakistan s best and bravest reporter by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present day Central Asia Descent Into Chaos is his blistering critique of American policy a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct these disasterous strategies before these failing states threaten global stability and bring devastation to our world.

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  • Ahmed Rashid

    Son of Ahmed an engineer and Piari a homemaker Rashid married Angeles Espino Perez Hurtado, 1982 children Raphael, Sara Bano Education Attended Government College, Lahore, Pakistan, 1966 68, and Cambridge University, 1968 70 earned B.A and M.A Religion Muslim Addresses Homeoffice Lahore Cant Pakistan E mail review brain.Career Journalist and broadcaster Correspondent for Daily Telegraph, London, England, and formerly for Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong broadcaster for international radio and television networks such as British Broadcasting Corporation and Cable News Network Member, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist and best selling author Rashid attended Malvern College, England, Government College Lahore, and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge He serves as the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Daily Telegraph He also writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and academic journals He appears regularly on international TV and radio networks such as CNN and BBC World.Rashid s 2000 book, Taliban Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, was a New York Times bestseller for five weeks, translated into 22 languages, and has sold 1.5 million copies since the September 11, 2001 attacks 1 The book was used extensively by American analysts in the wake of the 9 11 attacks.His latest book, Descent into Chaos The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia 1 , is a scathing critique of both America and Europe s failure to invest in rebuilding Afghanistan and Pakistan s role in allowing Taliban and Al Qaeda elements to regroup in Pakistan.His commentary also appears in the Washington Post s PostGlobal segment.Rashid lives in Lahore, Pakistan with his wife and two children.


  • Descent Into Chaos is a must read for anyone interested in ongoing events in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the central Asian “stans” that make up one of the most politically volatile areas on earth. Rashid is both a journalist and a participant, having been a member of various groups and committees attempting to address the ongoing conflicts. As such he brings his own personal list of good guys and bad guys, and should be taken with a grain of salt. But the level of detail presented here is impr [...]

  • This was one big sprawl of a depressing read, far too complex for my abilities as a reviewer to put neatly into any sort synopsis or overview. Luckily that has already been done brilliantly by Will Byrnes, whose review I highly recommend.Instead I shall note a few points that I picked up from the book, just things that particularly stuck me…. (view spoiler)[*Nation building:The author viewed nation building as the bedrock for positive progress. War should be followed by help with restructuring [...]

  • I had two main reactions to Rashid's book. One was frustration and the other was appreciation. My frustration extended largely from his liberal viewpoint that the war on Afghanistan was a just war and could've gone swimmingly "if only" the various players had made the correct decisions and taken the appropriate actions. His main argument appeared to be that occupation (though he argued that it wasn't) and nation-building can be done successfully "if only" everyone is up front, genuine and on the [...]

  • Read the book that many of Obama's advisers are reading or have recently read - and on which they have clearly relied in helping articulate the details of Obama's call for an emphasis on Afghanistan and Pakistan as the "central front in the war on terror." As Raymond Bonner in the Times and at least one reviewer here has complained, the level of detail can at times be daunting, but it's worth sticking with it. The picture is grim, yes, but only when books like this reach a broad readership will [...]

  • In a recent news briefing invalidating American criticism of the anti-extremists campaigns in Pakistan; asserts the Pakistani Army chief that the army (Pakistani) has broken the “backbone” of Islamist militants in the country. Gen. Kayani’s high claims on the resourceful operations against the militants were met with ambiguity by political critic, as the country is consistently shaken by terror attacks with a dominant insurgency stirring on the Afghan-Pak borders.[image error]Central Asia [...]

  • Most recurring thoughts during the course of reading this thoroughly depressing, infuriating, impassioned—and alternately disheartening and inspiring—book: How in God's name has Rashid managed to continue breathing? followed by His insurance premiums must be through the freaking roof.Other thoughts gleaned from the pages of Descent, in no particular order:—The long-suffering Afghanis appear to be an unbelievably resilient people and determined to heal their shattered country; and Rashid's [...]

  • If you only have time to read one book on post-9/11 Afghanistan, Pakistan, and to a lesser extent Central Asia and the subcontinent, this would be the one to buy. Historians and academic courses will start with this book. Dense, well researched, insider journalism from a wise and keen observer of the region and its players, Somehow, this guy gets his enemies to talk to him. I had frequently to wonder why Rashid is still alive. Certainly there's no intelligence agency operating in the region, let [...]

  • Read this on my 24 hour long road trip from Islamabad to Kandahar. It's an interesting read--highly anti-American, I must say--but it reveals a great deal of Afghanistan and Pakistan's past going back to the time of Zia, Bhutto, Daoud and the Russian invasion.It pulled me into the world of politics and current affairs, so I guess it worth a 4-star rating, even though I've read better books since. Descent into Chaos is a scathing criticism of the Bush-years, which we all must agree were a fucking [...]

  • This is a very compelling and instructive account of Afghanistan and Pakistan since September 11/2001. The sordid relationship of Pakistan to the Afghan Taliban is described in detail. Pakistan was responsible for the birth of the Taliban and after 9/11 provided sanctuary for them in the FATA region of Pakistan. Musharraf was playing a double game of pretending to combat terrorism (al Qaeda and the Taliban) and aiding the terrorists at the same time. This would eventually come back to haunt Mush [...]

  • A tremendously outstanding book along the lines of Thomas Ricks' Fiasco that sheds light on the problems Pres. Obama and the U.S. faces in not just Afghanistan, but in the entire region of Central Asia. Rashid's prose is highly articulate, thoroughly researched, and incredibly devastating. By examining the history, current politics, and disheartening consequences of the Western world's foot dragging for the entire region, Rashid makes a compelling case for considering all of Central Asia as the [...]

  • One reviewer said reading this book was like taking very bad medicine. I would agree with that.I take a contrarian view regarding this subject. Let's start with the title and the main premise of the book"the failure of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia".I don't believe in nation building. We went wrong when we got involved in Afghanistan when the Russians were there. We funded the taliban and war lords. Unforseen consequences are biting us in the rear now. That's obvious. [...]

  • This was a really good book, a must read for anyone interested in the history of the region. Rashid is very well informed about the region and sheds great light on the complicated matter of its political and economic contradictions. Moreover, he does so in a readily accessible, journalistic style which will enable many readers to learn a lot in a short time about this war-torn part of the world.For those of you interested in the 2001 portion of the war in Afghanistan, there aren't loads of new i [...]

  • Here are a few facts about present day Afghanistan.Afghan refugees from Europe and Pakistan are being sent back in droves to country that is experiencing a resurgent Taliban; the same Taliban that was apparently ousted after 9/11.In 2014, Ashraf Ghani became President of the country replacing Karzai in a highly controversial and complex position of power; in that very same year, NATO forces pulled out of Aghanistan after a failed attempt of establishing peace and nation building.The country is s [...]

  • Ohhh - I almost couldn't keep with this book through the intro - shows which side of the political isle I'm on! but now I'm glad I did. I'm still only about a third of the way through but the author has convinced me he's not just a Bush-hater, that he actually has some knowledge in this department. The author is a Pakistani, which I'm just now learning means he shouldn't really be all that favorably disposed to Afghanistan, but the biggest question rolling around my head at the moment (Rashid ke [...]

  • Great review by Dalrymple here: nybooks/articles/22274----This is a magnificent work of enormous importance, laying bare the multitudes and layers of errors made by all involved in the last 9 years in Afghanistan in particular, and delivering prescriptions for positive change. ‘If we can better understand what has happened before, what has gone wrong, and what needs to go right, as this book attempts to do, then we can better face up to our collective future.’ p. 404 (final sentence). Rashid [...]

  • Rashid obviously is one of the most knowledgable people about the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan and this book is packed full of it. It is a slow read but that's mainly because it's so full of information. It's set up like his first book, Taliban, with a general history of the situation followed by chapters looking at the problems from several relevant angles. Rashid is extremely critical of the entire Bush administration and not for political reasons, but because of their mishandling of [...]

  • An extremely well-written and interesting account of the failure of American policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not only US policy, but also that of the EU and NATO. From various articles read over the years since 2001, among them some by Rashid in the NYRB, I was aware that there were great problems in the area concerned, but this book gives examples and backing for the disastrous political mistakes made, particularly by the Bush administration, and even more particularly by Rumsfeld. What is [...]

  • I've got to admit there were times with this book that I felt I was choking down some nasty tasting medicine. I just felt like I *needed* to get through it. Partially because of the repetition (I've been reading/listening to a lot about the middle world/central Asia) but also because this guy is a hard core reporter and there are a lot of names, a lot of dates, and a lot of activities/occurrences he details.So, despite zoning out a little more often than I'd care to admit (except I admit that st [...]

  • This book focuses on developments within and between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as Central Asian states, since 9/11; and how those developments have intertwined and connected with U.S. actions and policies in the region. The book is extremely thorough and well documented. It is so dense and thorough, in fact, that it tends to overwhelm the reader with more detailed information than can be readily be digested and processed. What it does succeed in doing is giving the reader an overall pict [...]

  • Comprehensive, detailed chronicle about Pakistan's 'descent into chaos' by Pakistan's foremost author, who accurately depicts many of the events which have recently caused Pakistan to have significant national problems, with the rise of power of the Taliban, government corruption, and with it giant military, industrial complex consuming massive amount of the national economy.

  • Wish I could give it zero stars. This guy is biased, inconsistent, and has wildly unrealistic goals and expectations.He may know the basic facts, but his analysis and reasoning are ridiculous, foolhardy, and dangerous in his naïveté. He proves himself little more than a disillusioned Pakistani with an axe to grind.

  • A clear, methodical treatment of what went wrong with America and NATO's persecution of the war in Afghanistan and a calm portrait of the depraved forces that run Pakistan. Policy makers would do well to learn from this man's insights.

  • One way I found this book interesting: if you heard rumours and gossips in the diplomatic community in Kabul, Washington or Islamabad and you wanted to find a way to also reference it, this book serves very well.

  • Rashid is a superb journalist, but this book is, overall, not so enjoyable. It's scathing attack on Pakistan and the Bush Administration can leave you depressed. But you will definitely be more informed about Central Asia. Mildly recommended.

  • Though I didn't have quite the same response as Jim this book (I listened on audio -- while in a prone position for three days) it is clearly an authoritative and devastating discussion of the topic.

  • Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central AsiaThe author is a Pakistani journalist who knows a lot of people on both sides of the border and can communicate with many players. He is invited to forums where he gives his opinion on things; he lives there so is not a "impartial" journalist we might idealize. Giving his opinions is seen by some negative reviewers as "arrogant." In some cases his personal memory of situations causes him to inject opinion as f [...]

  • Ahmed Rashid has produced a very scholarly treatise on the problems of Islamic extremism and the complex issues that has plagued the South and Central Asian region right from the game changing events that happened on the 11th of September 2001in New York City. The timeline of the narrative extends from 2001 to 2008, the year of publication of this work. As they say, reading of history is very important to understand as to where the world is heading, as also helping humankind in understanding the [...]

  • This was a pretty good outline of the failures in rebuilding Afghanistan after the war. You really get infuriated at how Pakistan just refuses to leave them alone and keeps enabling the Taliban to destabilize them. Of course, there's plenty of blame to go around as the disastrous US post war policy contributed to the inability to create functioning institutions there. Rumsfeld and company wanted to do things as cheaply as possible, they thought they could just eliminate the non-compliant Taliban [...]

  • When Bill Clinton briefed President-elect George Bush at the White House in December 2000, he enumerated six major security threats facing the United States. Three were: Al Qaeda, nuclear tensions between Pakistan and India, and Pakistan’s links to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.The book soul are these three big threats, unfortunately for world all these threats are still at large after 9 years.In his appropriately titled “Descent Into Chaos,” Ahmed Rashid says the Clinton administration bears s [...]

  • This review was originally published in the Georgia Straight newspaper.Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid has covered Afghanistan since before the Soviets invaded in 1978. From then until 2001, he never went more than two years without visiting the country.And his access to many highly placed figures in Central Asia is unparalleled. On September 11, 2001, for instance, Rashid was on the phone with Hamid Karzai—then in exile in Pakistan—joking about how the terrorist attacks would likely save [...]

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