The Most Dangerous Place
Seasoned journalist Imtiaz Gul exposes the dark side of the Afghan war and reveals how Pakistan degenerated into a nuclear-armed powder keg.
Eight years ago we chased the Taliban from Kabul and forced al-Qaeda to find a new home. One by one the militants crossed the border into Pakistan and settled in its tribal areas, building alliances with locals and terrorizing or bribi...more
Honestly, this book was a difficult read for me. This is an in-depth look at Pakistani politics and terrorism, but I just didn't have the understanding/background to keep up with most of it. I did read the whole thing and there were things that I learned from the book:
*The S ...more
After many years of supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan from their FATA region, these religious fanatics have boomeranged back into Pakistan with a vengeance. They have literally become a Frankenstein that has returned to devastate their creator.
The FATA territories are a free-for-all area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are te ...more
Even more than this, however, is that there is no clear flow. In chapter 2 for instance there is a description of how Al Qaeda grew in importance, but one paragraph is highly specific about how Al Qaeda approached individual tribes, ...more
My husband and I read this but he has the better viewpoint due to his military experience. I found it very interesting. My husband loved it and thought that it was amazing. He told me that it really hits a lot of truths about what's going on in the region. I applaud Imtiaz for telling the truth many may not want to hear.
He gives a brief overview of these regions which are a hotbed of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan as geographically speaking these regions are a haven for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakista ...more
Gul's underlying t ...more
The book does have its faults. From my perspective it's like studying the sex life of the amoeba. Or it can be condensed into one concise statement: a bunch of jerks live in the area so don't go there. There is poor reasoning at ti ...more
The book is remarkly timely, detailed, and closer to an insider perspective than most of what's out there. Like a good book should, it asks us to think and cautions against any simplistic notions of the "war on terror." ...more
Throughout the book, it was evident that the author has done a lot of research and has a lot of information about his subject matter. Another good thing about the book is that its quite well-written, especially the chapter on Suicide Bombing, which was my favourite, and is the reason I gave this book an additional 0.5 star.
Unfortunately, the book does not have a clear organisational structure. Gul gets lost amongst the details and the facts, which could've made this book bri ...more
I learned a lot about Pakistan from this book, which I appreciated because I didn't know much about it before. However, it took me two months to get through this book (which is a lot for me). It is written like an extended newspaper article and includes a lot of very forgettable names. I felt like I was missing a good dumbed-down overview and instead got a lot of details.
I found the uncorr ...more
The book gets its title from a speech President Obama made on March, 2009: "For the American people, this border region has become the most dangerous place in the world,"
This scrupulous coverage of Pakistan was written by the knowledgeable Imtiaz Gul. The author does not only quote reference material but also an array of impressive personas he personally spoke to. For me, the element of personal knowledge ga ...more
A must read if you want to understand Pakistan's history with militant groups.
Won through the goodreads giveaway.
Understanding in depth the complex issues of FATA and Pakistani states challenge in establishing its writ in the area was interesting