Book title: The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Author(s): Kim Barker
ISBN: 978-0-385-53331-7
Publication Year: 0
Binding: HB
Pages: 310
Price: Rs. 1599
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About the Book:

Kim Barker is not your typical foreign correspondent: She is candid, self-deprecating, and laugh-out-loud funny. She didn’t even have a passport until she was twenty-nine. But after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Barker spent seven years doing the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan, reporting on the Islamic insurgencies as they fell and rose. In her darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker offers an insider’s account of the “forgotten war,” chronicling the years after America’s successful routing of the Taliban, when we failed to finish the job.

Barker arrives in Kabul an awkward newbie, wearing the burqa equivalent of a miniskirt and getting banned from the cool journalist’s hotel. But she soon grows into a seasoned replrter with grave concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region. When U.S. and NATO forces turn their attention from Afghanistan to Iraq in 2003, foreign aid is at record lows.

About the Author:
KIM BARKER joined the Chicago Tribune in 2001 and was the South Asia bureau chief from 2004 to 2009. She held the 2009-2010 Council on Foreign Relations’ prestigious Edward R. Murrow press fellowship. She is currently a reporter at ProPublica and lives in New York City.


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