Games without Rules by Tamim Ansary audiobook

Games without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan

By Tamim Ansary
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Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as acontest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism. That war is real, but itsits atop an older struggle between Kabul and the countryside, between orderand chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of anolder Afghanistan—a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslimroots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside outand illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has neverfully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nationundermined by its own demons while, every forty to sixty years, a great powercrashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told inconversational, storytelling style and focusing on key events andpersonalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insightinto a country at the center of political debate.

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Summary

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

Now, Tamim Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslimroots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside outand illuminate the long, internal struggle that the outside world has neverfully understood. It is the story of a nation struggling to take form, a nationundermined by its own demons while, every forty to sixty years, a great powercrashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made. Told inconversational, storytelling style and focusing on key events andpersonalities, Games without Rules provides revelatory insightinto a country at the center of political debate.

Editorial Reviews

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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Reviews

by Timothy Wells 9/13/2017
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Most comprehensible history of Afghanistan since the British first arrived.

Ansary, who's family is from Kabul and who's mother is from Chicago, not only gives us a culturally nuanced history of the natives and the invaders of Afghanistan, but he tells the tales in our midwestern vernacular. He discards the shibboleths about the keystone of commerce and empires for over three thousand years, and tells us the inside palace intrigues, and how villages operate in the remote valleys as well.
Those of us who have served one or more tours in Afghanistan will recognize all of the on-going tensions and conflicts but will also hear Pashto and Dari vocabulary as it is supposed to sound.
Perhaps because Ansary and his family have been intimately involved with the history of Afghanistan for the past 200 years, he makes no dogmatic predictions based on the experiences of Alexander the Great, the British, the Soviets, or the current NATO and Coalition forces. The importance of Afghanistan to the surrounding nations and the inner tension between Kabul and the tribal-controlled strongholds will continue.
He concedes the possibility of success, and that the interruption of the past 12 years may be a step towards creation of an integrated Afghan state. He even suggests that the most defensible model for the new Afghanistan is Switzerland, rather than a client state to others or as part of a confederation with Iran and Pakistan.

Author

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 : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English