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4.0 out of 5 stars Written in haste because time is short?, 13 Mar 2013
This review is from: Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West (Paperback)
Ahmed Rashid is a leading Pakistani journalist and commentator. This book forms a coda or update to his 2009 book Descent into Chaos - and deals with events in Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years. The prognosis is dire - the situation shocking - and people in Islamabad, Kabul and Washington D.C. are living in denial. Rashid offers counsel, restoratives and future hope - but the track record is bleak. Power brokers invite Rashid's advice which they then ignore. The spiral continues ever downward. On the Brink is a short book - perhaps because there is little new or hopeful to say, the style of writing more colloquial - more journalese perhaps than Descent, more urgent. Rashid has been ill recently - perhaps he may himself be on borrowed time? He appears to feel the same about Pakistan unless urgent measures are taken. Three books:- Bennett Jones' Eye of the Storm, and Rashid's Chaos (highly recommended as a study in depth) and his latest Brink tell us of Pakistan in recent years. Recommended. Count your blessings as you read them.
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