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  • Games Without Rules
  • Tamim Ansary
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  • 04 May 2019
  • 9781610390941

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Games Without Rules Free read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 univer. Perseus Books Group kindly gave me a pre publication galley of this book but it will be available to the general public on 27 November 2012Of all the histories I have read on Afghanistan and I have read than a few Tamim Ansary s is absolutely the best Whether your knowledge is a clean slate and you are looking for one book that will explain this complex nation or you are fairly conversant in the country but want a brief refresher Mr Ansary will lay out everything you need to know in his latest offering bGames without Rulesb begins with the rise of the Durrani line and brings the reader up through the present with reporting through May of 2012Tamim Ansary does a number of things in his book that make it especially accessible for readers but chief among them is linking events in Afghanistan to events with which his readers might be familiar such as the fact that the opening of his work the dawning of the Durrani Empire with its founder Ahmad Shah Baba known as Afghanistan s Founding Father happened in 1747 roughly the same time as the founding of the United States of America Over the course of reading the book the reader will also learn a great deal about the histories of India Pakistan and the neighboring central Asian republics as the destinies of these nations and that of Afghanistan are all inter linked Another fact about Mr Ansary s writing that becomes uickly apparent is that this is not the writing of a dry boring scholar of a historian While never stooping to comedy or disdain he manages to always keep a storyteller s mien full of adventure and humor and at times even anger and despairIn addition to being written in an easily accessible style this history is very well organized carrying the reader seamlessly from one era into the next clearly illustrating how each event and not always those occurring solely within Afghanistan s borders caused the next to proceed Perhaps most valuable is Mr Ansary s explanation of Afghanistan s placement upon the world stage the role that it has played over the last two hundred years so often caught up geographically in the maelstrom between world powers for instance between Russia and British IndiaAs he takes his reader along on a journey through the various powers foreign and domestic who have vied for power over her people Tamim Ansary in a marvelously conversant manner gives a cultural education that is unparalleled From the cities to the furthest reaches of the valleys the governance and social customs of the country are explained and he uses this information to break down for the reader exactly why he feels that attempts by various foreign powers over the centuries to govern the Afghani people have not succeeded His analysis is insightful and well laid out and for those not well versed in the subject this book will prove especially useful in helping you to understand exactly why the political and social situation there is so complexMy one very slight reservation for my conservative readership is that Mr Ansary is very clearly a liberal and that does bleed through especially with regards to our current president He is uite a fan of the president s policies with regards to Afghanistan something with which most conservatives do not agree To give credit where credit is due he also admits that Clinton made errors while in office However for the most part he does strive for partiality and is generally successful No matter how conservative your leanings you would be doing yourself a disservice not to read this book Mr Ansary s political views only come into play in the very last section and are toned down enough that even this conservative reviewer did not find them obtrusive enough to overwhelm all the excellent material contained within the rest of the book And I personally found his views even here to be insightful and interesting even if I might not agree with themIn four hundred pages of reading a person s time will be well vested here I give Tamim Ansary s newest history my highest endorsement not only for the knowledge it imparts but for its readability If you read one book on the modern history of Afghanistan her culture her politics and her role in our global peace or otherwise this should be the one you reach for

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Games Without Rules Free read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free A nation undermined by its own demons while every 40 to 60 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. Ansary tells the story of Afghanistan as it tries to coalesce into a single nation while it is dealing with internal struggles between the ruraltribal and the urbanprogressive populations it is repeatedly invaded by foreign powers afghanistan s spot on the globe has long made it of strategic interest to powers who have no love for the people who live there Britian thrice the soviet union and the US have all kept armies there and they have all been harried by tribal and guerrilla warriors the author is suprisingly even handed as he relates the story of superpower after superpower becoming involved in his country s affairs read this book to get an afghan centered perspective of two centuries of progress amid 5 foreign invasions and near constant meddling with its internal affairsi loved this book for its clear concise history and its highlighting of how the customs of the region contribute as much or than the soldiers always on the groundwith elections coming in afghanistan in several days some of the major players in this book are still either campaigning for power as an elected official or orchestrating insurrections behind the scenes it s as if at the end of this book the pages spilled out into real life in the present the next chapter will be written next week so go get caught up on the back story

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A good accessible history of the country What I enjoyed most was how Ansary links current and recent events in Afghanistan to its own complex history and how he puts Afghanistan into an international context for example he writes how events in India led the British and the Russians to engage in the Great Game and how events in Afghanistan in the 1990s influenced and were influenced by events in Central AsiaAnsary writes well and the story never bogs down or gets boring The story is full of humor adventure naivety and despair The book is also well organized and Ansary does a good job linking each phase of Afghan history to the next and to the preceding one He gives us a great account of the power struggles that define Afghanistan s history and makes them very understandable The same is true for Ansary s depiction of the social and political aspects of the country where he gives us good cultural analysis that will benefit even those unfamiliar with the nation s complexityAnsary s story is focused on Afghanistan s relations with the outside world which sometimes leads to clich s like the graveyard of empires The Great Game is a good example of this the British aimed to use Afghanistan as a buffer against the Russians who supposedly threatened India Although the Great Game has been meticulously documented by numerous books I still fail to see how the British saw the Russians as a threat there were exactly zero Russians anywhere on the Afghan northern border at the time And the British were invited into the country by Shah Shujah who wasn t even in Afghanistan at the time The events that took place after 911 to the end of 2001 are covered unsatisfactorily in a mere two pages before he resumes his narrativeAlthough I enjoyed the book I did find a few issues at one point in the book s bibliography the book jumps from chapter 25 to Chapter 27 no idea what Ansary s sources were for Chapter 26 A irritating issue I had was the slangy often awkward tone of Ansary s writing He uses exclamation points freuently and often writes in first person in what is supposed to be a work of history King Shuja was a whiner and some nameless nobody assassinated Shah Shuja And when discussing the Great Game he calls Persia Iran which didn t come into use until 1935 This guy was too popular with the Afghan people is another painful example A bunch of rebels kidnapped Soviet advisors in 1979 Many would say that real presidents don t appoint themselves but hey political development is a slow process Even stupid Taraki would make a better head of state When Amin went in to use the facilities they would lock the door boomHa You have to take your legitimacy where you can find it I guess They pressured Sudan to do something about this guy He renewed his friendship with the ISI folks he had gotten to know This was the country that was to Western eyes winning the Cold War and might soon cue evil laughter rule the world On the face of it building a pipeline through explosive anarchic Afghanistan seemedwhat s the word I m searching for Insane Incredibly Ansary when discussing World War One writes that a leading member of the Axis group was the Ottoman Empire The Axis did not exist in World War One they existed in World War Two and they never had any support from the Ottoman Empire which didn t exist in Word War Two Ansary of course means to write that in Word War One the Ottoman Empire was a member of the Central Powers And they were hardly a leading member Turkey was a third rate power at the time He also writes that the contra guerrillas brought down the Nicaraguan government this is also incorrect The contras were locked in a stalemate for almost a decade and never succeeded in overthrowing the government He writes that there were 22 hijackers on 911 but there were actually 19 He also inexplicably calls bin Laden s escape from Tora Bora mysterious I can t see why We eventually had clear evidence that he escaped there and bin Laden s whereabouts from his escape from Tora Bora to his fateful hideout in Abottobad are now fairly well documentedStill these are all side issues for the most part they do not significantly detract from an otherwise enjoyable book Studien über alchemistische Vorstellungen by IslamNow Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan The Business Side of Medicine: What Medical Schools Don’t Teach You background Muslim roots and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out and to illuminate the long internal struggle that the outside world has never fully understood It is the story of a nation struggling to take form. 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