The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

by Kim Barker
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The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker

Now a Major Motion Picture titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307477385
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 320,867
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kim Barker was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published by Doubleday. The movie version, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, was released in 2016, starring Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Margot Robbie and Billy Bob Thornton. Barker is now a metro reporter at The New York Times, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Ms. Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica.

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David Strange More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book. For many people, the clash of cultures between our society and South Asia is almost incomprehensible. This book illustrates both the differences and the similarities (of which there arent that many) ultimately showing us just how difficult a task we've set for ourselves in trying to bring some form of democracy to Afghanistan. Ms. Barker tells an honest story of her experiences and doesn't pull any punches, while continuing to maintain a sense of humor which must be a necessity in her work. Books like this should be mandatory reading for our State Department.
qoemarie More than 1 year ago
While Ms. Barker's book was interesting and gives us a view we might otherwise have never seen she paid an extremely high price for the experience. There were sentences in which she revealed the depths of depravity and indifference she grew to see as typical. I found myself feeling anger and pity for her. It is my opinion that she and her employer conspired to leech normal human emotional response from the author. Ultimately, Afghanistan came across as more stable than Ms. Barker.
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