Kim Barker's Taliban Shuffle

Monday, March 28, 2011

Longtime foreign correspondent Kim Barker gives an insider’s account of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2003, and captures the absurdities and tragedies of life in a war zone.  The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan talks about her evolution from an awkward newbie in Afghanistan to seasoned reporter with serious concerns about our ability to win hearts and minds in the region.


Kim Barker

Comments [4]

Tarique Malik from Dallas.TX

I have not read this book yet, I came to know from one talk show from Pakistan. What ever they showed on TV written in that book, after listening and reading those higlighted this on page 180 all I can say is taht I am ashamed of my former country and its leader. Kim are Pkaistani and their leaders are not Like Mr. house cat, there are some like 1st Foreign Minister of Pakistan. Sir. Muhammad Zaffurallah Khan and Finance Minister.Mr. M.M.Ahmad. These 2 gentalmen always put Pakistan and did everything in the best interest of Pakistan and for the people of Pkaistan. Once again, I am sorry what happened with you at Mr. house cat's house.

Apr. 21 2011 06:58 PM
Ellen from Jersey City

I've read the book and it's a winner. From her visits to a brothel to a condolence call to the Bhutto family, Kim managed to get almost everywhere. Highly recommended.

Mar. 28 2011 12:30 PM
David Claman

Did Ms. Barker make any effort to learn local languages such as Urdu or Pashtun? If not, why not?

Mar. 28 2011 12:30 PM
geo from downtown

Why such a psychedelic cover?
with poppies?

Mar. 28 2011 12:24 PM

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