This is a must read (listen to) book. The western press has done a miserable job of informing us on the dynamics at play in this critical region that has produced everything from suicide bombers to nuclear weapons. "Descent into Chaos" is an insider's account of how it became the mess it is and the monster it is becoming. More than a journalist, Ahmed Rashid is a warm-blooded, caring participant in the events he describes. I thought I was well-informed on Afghanistan and Pakistan until I listened to this book on a road trip through West Texas. The dissonance between the richness of this book and the barren void of West Texas was extreme and appropriate.
Too much about his writing in relation to the amount of it. Good for librarians and researchers maybe.
The narrator's choice to impersonate the voices of the subjects of the book backfires with Woodward's voice. The attempt to imitate Woodward makes the reading slow, tedious, soporific. The impersonation of Bush is funny and entertaining but adds nothing to the content of the reading. Great book however, how does Woodward do it?
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