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The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker
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Kim Barker does a great job of making the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan very real. She is open about her bias as a journalist and outsider. After reading the book, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what it's like on the ground, and why politics, both domestically and internationally are so messy. She is funny and makes the complex situation digestible.

The expat community in these places does nothing to help the image of Americans. Kim tells stories in Islamabad and Kabul of diplomats, NGOs workers, and journalists and their regular house parties with lots of drugs, booze, and sex. No wonder Afghanis and Pakistanis think we're heathens. I'm embarrassed to be associated with that community, really.

But I do have a better respect for the leaders and decision-makers dealing with this part of the world.

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