The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the -Taliban Shuffle- between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter--her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. But as she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. In this darkly comic and unsparing memoir, Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the -forgotten war, - finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.
Praise for "The Taliban Shuffle" "What's remarkable about "The Taliban Shuffle" is that its author, Kim Barker, has written an account of her experiences covering Afghanistan and Pakistan that manages to be hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time... Ms. Barker has discovered a voice in these pages that enables her to capture both the serious and the seriously absurd conditions in Af-Pak (Afghanistan and Pakistan), and the surreal deal of being a female reporter there, with dating problems ranging from the screwball (a boyfriend competing to cover the same story) to the ridiculous (being romantically pursued by the former prime minister of Pakistan). Black humor, it turns out, is a perfect tool for capturing the sad-awful-frequently-insane incongruities of war. "The Taliban Shuffle," in fact, reads like a rollicking and revealing mashup of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" (Rajiv Chandrasekaran's devastating 2006 portrait of the unreal world of Ira
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