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Several times in Descent into Chaos, Amhed Rashid made reference to his first work on the Taliban and how he would not repeat that story in Descent. So, having covered 2001 through early 2008 in Descent, I went back to learn more about the Taliban from the beginning (approximately 1994). Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and […]


The Places In Between

A friend in a PRT in Iraq recommended Rory Stewart’s book on his time in Iraq,The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq . I haven’t had a chance to read that one yet, but I did read Stewart’s The Places In Between over our local holiday earlier this […]


Descent into Chaos

Trying to find out what’s gone on in Afghanistan since 9/11, I read Ahmed Rashid’s Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Rashid is a journalist from Pakistan. He has previously published well-received books on the Taliban and on Jihad in Central Asia. Descent […]


The Art of the Long View

I read this to learn more about scenario planning. Peter Schwartz’s The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World is a very interesting introduction to this type of preparing for what may come. Schwartz teaches with examples from his own work with companies large and small. If I understand […]


World on Fire

Amy Chua’s World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability is our book club’s fourth title to discuss. Part One defines a Market-Dominant Minority (MDM) and then gives examples of MDM’s in Southeast Asia, Latin America, Russia and Africa. Part Two describes the three types of political consequences of […]