skip to content
Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security

Author: Ahmed Rashid
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
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.  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ahmed Rashid
ISBN: 9780141020860 0141020865
OCLC Number: 434561213
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2008.
Awards: Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2009.
Description: lviii, 498 pages : maps ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction. Imperial overreach and nation building --
pt. I. 9/11 and war --
1. A man with a mission : the unending conflict in Afghanistan --
2. "The U.S. will act like a wounded bear" : Pakistan's long search for its soul --
3. The chief executive's schizophrenia : Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States before 9/11 --
4. Attack! : retaliation and invasion --
5. The search for a settlement : Afghanistan and Pakistan at odds --
pt. II. The politics of the post-9/11 world --
6. A nuclear state of mind : India, Pakistan, and the war of permanent instability --
7. The one-billion-dollar warlords : the war within Afghanistan --
8. Musharraf's lost moment : political expediency and authoritarian rule --
pt. III. The failure of nation building --
9. Afghanistan I : economic reconstruction --
10. Afghanistan II : rebuilding security --
11. Double-dealing with Islamic extremism : al Queda and the Taliban in Pakistan --
12. Taliban resurgent : the Taliban return home --
pt. IV. Descent into chaos --
13. Al Queda's bolt-hole : Pakistan's tribal areas --
14. America shows the way : the disappeared and the rendered --
15. Drugs and thugs : opium fuels the insurgency --
16. Who lost Uzbekistan? : tyranny in Central Asia --
17. The Taliban offensive : battling for control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007 --
18. The death of an icon: Pakistan struggles to survive --
19. Conclusion: A fragile future.
Responsibility: Ahmed Rashid.

Abstract:

Explores the volatile and dangerous region in the world. In this story of squandered opportunities, misguided alliances and double-dealing, the author pinpoints with chilling accuracy where the true  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

'A journalist of the highest narrative and analytical gifts' - Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'Compulsively readable' - Justin Marozzi, Evening Standard 'Profound and lively ! it reads like a Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/434561213> # Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "434561213" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/enk> ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/London> ; # London
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/elfter_september> ; # Elfter September
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1205406> ; # Afghanistan.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/internationale_politik> ; # Internationale Politik
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/terrorism_asia_central> ; # Terrorism--Asia, Central
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Place/usa> ; # USA.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/afghanistankrieg_2001> ; # Afghanistankrieg (2001)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/terrorism_afghanistan> ; # Terrorism--Afghanistan
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010116833> ; # Terrorism--Afghanistan
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/nationenbildung> ; # Nationenbildung
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/islamic_fundamentalism_afghanistan> ; # Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1148101> ; # Terrorism
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/internationaler_terrorismus> ; # Internationaler Terrorismus
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010116375> ; # Terrorism--Pakistan
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009127643> ; # Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/aussenpolitik> ; # Außenpolitik
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Place/pakistan> ; # Pakistan.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Event/since_1988> ; # Since 1988
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/afghanistan_politics_and_government_2001> ; # Afghanistan--Politics and government--2001-
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009127642> ; # Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/terrorism_pakistan> ; # Terrorism--Pakistan
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Place/asia_central> ; # Asia, Central
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/asia_central_politics_and_government_1991> ; # Asia, Central--Politics and government--1991-
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/320.557095491/e22/> ;
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1240497> ; # Asia, Central.
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210275> ; # Pakistan.
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1919741> ; # Politics and government
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/islamic_fundamentalism_pakistan> ; # Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/pakistan_politics_and_government_1988> ; # Pakistan--Politics and government--1988-
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/979941> ; # Islamic fundamentalism
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/islamic_fundamentalism_asia_central> ; # Islamic fundamentalism--Asia, Central
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Place/afghanistan> ; # Afghanistan.
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:creator <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Person/rashid_ahmed> ; # Ahmed Rashid
   schema:datePublished "2009" ;
   schema:description "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. "Compulsively readable". (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, "Observer"). "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"). Ahmed Rashid is Pakistan's premiere journalist, an expert on Central Asia, on jihad and Muslim extremists movements, on the Taliban and Al Qaeda, on insurgency, and on the catastrophe of US policy in this region, on which he has reported for 25 years. Author of three books, his work Taliban was a huge international bestseller, widely recognized as the definitive account."@en ;
   schema:description "Introduction. Imperial overreach and nation building -- pt. I. 9/11 and war -- 1. A man with a mission : the unending conflict in Afghanistan -- 2. "The U.S. will act like a wounded bear" : Pakistan's long search for its soul -- 3. The chief executive's schizophrenia : Pakistan, the United Nations, and the United States before 9/11 -- 4. Attack! : retaliation and invasion -- 5. The search for a settlement : Afghanistan and Pakistan at odds -- pt. II. The politics of the post-9/11 world -- 6. A nuclear state of mind : India, Pakistan, and the war of permanent instability -- 7. The one-billion-dollar warlords : the war within Afghanistan -- 8. Musharraf's lost moment : political expediency and authoritarian rule -- pt. III. The failure of nation building -- 9. Afghanistan I : economic reconstruction -- 10. Afghanistan II : rebuilding security -- 11. Double-dealing with Islamic extremism : al Queda and the Taliban in Pakistan -- 12. Taliban resurgent : the Taliban return home -- pt. IV. Descent into chaos -- 13. Al Queda's bolt-hole : Pakistan's tribal areas -- 14. America shows the way : the disappeared and the rendered -- 15. Drugs and thugs : opium fuels the insurgency -- 16. Who lost Uzbekistan? : tyranny in Central Asia -- 17. The Taliban offensive : battling for control of Afghanistan, 2006-2007 -- 18. The death of an icon: Pakistan struggles to survive -- 19. Conclusion: A fragile future."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/4061457985> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security"@en ;
   schema:productID "434561213" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/434561213#PublicationEvent/london_penguin_2009> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Agent/penguin> ; # Penguin
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780141020860> ;
   umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBA922360> ;
   umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/014-92048> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/434561213> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/London> # London
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "London" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Person/rashid_ahmed> # Ahmed Rashid
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Rashid" ;
   schema:givenName "Ahmed" ;
   schema:name "Ahmed Rashid" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/afghanistan_politics_and_government_2001> # Afghanistan--Politics and government--2001-
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Afghanistan--Politics and government--2001-"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/afghanistankrieg_2001> # Afghanistankrieg (2001)
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Afghanistankrieg (2001)"@en ;
   schema:name "Afghanistankrieg (2001- )"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/asia_central_politics_and_government_1991> # Asia, Central--Politics and government--1991-
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Asia, Central--Politics and government--1991-"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/internationale_politik> # Internationale Politik
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Internationale Politik"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/internationaler_terrorismus> # Internationaler Terrorismus
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Internationaler Terrorismus"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/islamic_fundamentalism_afghanistan> # Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/islamic_fundamentalism_pakistan> # Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/pakistan_politics_and_government_1988> # Pakistan--Politics and government--1988-
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Pakistan--Politics and government--1988-"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/terrorism_afghanistan> # Terrorism--Afghanistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Afghanistan"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/4061457985#Topic/terrorism_pakistan> # Terrorism--Pakistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Pakistan"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009127642> # Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Islamic fundamentalism--Afghanistan"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2009127643> # Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Islamic fundamentalism--Pakistan"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010116375> # Terrorism--Pakistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Pakistan"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010116833> # Terrorism--Afghanistan
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism--Afghanistan"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1148101> # Terrorism
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Terrorism"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1205406> # Afghanistan.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Afghanistan." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1210275> # Pakistan.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Pakistan." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1240497> # Asia, Central.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "Asia, Central." ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1919741> # Politics and government
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Politics and government"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/979941> # Islamic fundamentalism
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Islamic fundamentalism"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780141020860>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0141020865" ;
   schema:isbn "9780141020860" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/434561213>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
   schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/434561213> ; # Descent into chaos : the world's most unstable region and the threat to global security
   schema:dateModified "2017-04-03" ;
   void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.