Games without Rules by Tamim Ansary audiobook

Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan

By Tamim Ansary
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Blackstone Publishing 9781610390941
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Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real, but it sits atop an older struggle between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan—a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out and illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every forty to sixty years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style and focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.

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Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real, but it sits atop an older struggle between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan—a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam.

Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out and illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nation undermined by its own demons while, every forty to sixty years, a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told in conversational, storytelling style and focusing on key events and personalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insight into a country at the center of political debate.

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Editorial Reviews

“In Games without Rules, Tamim Ansary has written the most engaging, accessible and insightful history of Afghanistan. With gifted prose and revealing details, Ansary gives us the oft-neglected Afghan perspective of the wars, foreign meddling, and palace intrigue that has defined the past few centuries between the Indus and Oxus. This brilliant book should be required reading for anyone involved in the current war there—and anyone who wants to understand why Afghanistan will not be at peace anytime soon.” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan
“A breezy, accessible overview of centuries of messy Afghan history, including the present military quagmire…Lively instruction on how Afghanistan has coped, and continues to cope, with being a strategic flash point.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Tamim Ansary

Author Bio: Tamim Ansary

Tamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco ChronicleSalonAlternet, ParadeLos Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the US in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English