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on 1 October 2011
This is a good primer for the conflicts in the sub-continent. Tariq Ali is an insightful observer.
However the latter half of the book is a bit repetitive. Some points are made over and over. As another reviewer mentioned, this book is more personal than scholarly. However it is often difficult to maintain complete objectivity when one is as intimately connected to the subject as Ali is.
Even with those minor faults, this book is well worth reading and indeed should be required reading for those interested in the region. I do wish Ali would bring an updated vesion about the effects of the Obama surge in Afganistan. With the killing of Karzai's brother and of Rabbani and the continuing upsurge in taliban activity, the endgame in Afganistan seems murkier than ever before.
Does anybody have a workable solution or is going to be status quo ante?