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War at the Top of the World The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet

By Eric Margolis Copyright 2002
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

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    What will the post-Taliban government of Afghanistan look like? How will the war in Afghanistan affect the already unstable politics of Central Asia? In War at the Top of the World , veteran foreign correspondent Eric Margolis presents a revelatory history of the complicated and volatile conflicts that have entangled Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, the Soviet Union, and many others.

    By 1999, Pakistan had proven they have medium-range nuclear weapons, and now the threat that their government could be taken over by a radical Islamic fundamentalist faction is stronger than ever. In fact, Osama bin Laden has already claimed to have a nuclear weapon. How could this have happened? Margolis plays witness to the escalating conflicts of the past decade, tracing disputes over Afghanistan, as well as those ever neighboring Kashmir and Tibet, back to their Cold War roots, exploring clashes that continue to threaten to destabilize the region today.

    Combining vivid first-hand accounts of a war correspondent with a historical and strategic overview of the region, Margolis guides the reader through the geopolitical complexities of the area and its key players. He offers a clear, concise analysis of a complicated and little-understood part of the world that is home to a quarter of the world's population. Fascinating and now more timely than ever, War at the Top of the World is an extraordinary read for anyone interested in the current global balance of power.

    Introduction: Black Tuesday
    Part I: The Great Jihad
    1. Soldiers of Allah
    2. The Bravest Men on Earth
    3.Dodge City Meets the Arabian Nights
    4.Fadil the Kurd
    5.The Secret War
    6. Enter the Taliban
    7.Brother Osama
    Part II: Kashmir-War in Paradise
    8. The Kingdom of Sikander
    9. Revolt in the Mountains
    10. The Afghani
    11. Deconstructing South Asia
    12. The World's Most Dangerous Border
    13. Paradise Lost
    Part III: War in the Death Zone
    14. The Road to Siachen
    15. Musa the Warrior
    16. The Hatred of Brothers
    Part IV: The Roof of the World
    17. The Forbidden Kingdom
    18. India Awakes
    19. The Clash of the Titans
    20. Afghanistan: The War Without End
    21. China Under Siege
    22. The Fate of Asia


    Eric S. Margolis