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Bird of Chaman, Flower of the Khyber: Riding Shotgun From Karachi to Kabul in a Pakistani Truck

FP's new ebook by Matthieu Aikins.

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Bird of Chaman, Flower of the Khyber: Riding Shotgun from Karachi to Kabul in a Pakistani Truck

FP's new ebook by Matthieu Aikins.

A reporter's wild journey in the back of a Pakistani truck, from Karachi to Kabul through the treacherous Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands.

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How do you supply an entire war in landlocked Afghanistan? Mostly by truck. In the fall of 2012, award-winning journalist Matthieu Aikins found out firsthand, riding in a rickety 1993 Nissan along the U.S. supply route, from the port city of Karachi into Pakistan’s scorching flatlands and lawless borderlands, then through the famed Khyber Pass and on toward the Afghan warzone. As he travels Pakistan's dangerous, derelict roadways, Aikins observes how the crucial lifeline for the Afghanistan war has become wound up not only in the shady deals of Pakistani contractors and predatory police, but also in the lives of rural Pashtuns who over the last decade have left their tribal homelands for trucking jobs in droves -- like the two hash-smoking brothers in whose cabin Aikins rides. In his six-day, 1,000-mile trip, Aikins confronts roadside bandits, Kalashnikov-wielding tribal patrols, and hawk-eyed toll guards (not to mention confinement in the truck’s blazing-hot cabin). The result -- the second in the Borderlands ebook series from Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting -- is both a harrowing account of life on Pakistan’s highways and an anatomy of the way foreign military intervention can transform a society.

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About the author: Matthieu Aikins lives in Kabul and has been reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2008. His feature writing and photography have appeared in American, Canadian, British, French, and Indian publications including Harper's, the Atlantic, GQ, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Wired, the Guardian, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Walrus, Courrier International, and the Caravan. He was a finalist for a 2012 National Magazine Award and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.

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We Never Knew Exactly Where

Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali

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We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali

FP's new ebook by Peter Chilson.

A masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.

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What happens when a country suddenly splits in two? In 2012, Mali, once a poster child for African democracy, all but collapsed in a succession of coups and countercoups as Islamist rebels claimed control of the country's north, making it a new safe haven for al Qaeda. Prizewinning author Peter Chilson became one of the few Westerners to travel to the conflict zone in the following months to document conditions on the ground. What he found was a hazy dividing line between the uncertain, demoralized remnants of Mali's south and the new statelet formed in the north by jihadi fighters, who successfully commandeered a long-running rebellion by the country's ethnic Tuareg minority to turn Mali into a new frontier in the fast-morphing global war on terror. Chilson's definitive account -- the first in the new Borderlands series of ebooks from Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting -- is a gripping read, taking us back to the founding of French West Africa and right to the very front lines of this contentious new flash point.

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About the author: Peter Chilson teaches writing and literature at Washington State University and is author of the travelogue Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa and the story collection Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories. His essays, journalism, and short stories have appeared in Foreign Policy, the American Scholar, Gulf Coast, High Country News, Audubon, and Ascent, among other publications, as well as twice in the Best American Travel Writing anthology. A longtime visitor to Mali pursuing scholarly inquiries on French West Africa and the history of its borders, Chilson first traveled to the region in 1985 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.