I've just finished reading Descent Into Chaos (The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia) by Ahmed Rashid and found it fairly eye-opening. The book details the recent history of the Pakistan/Afghanistan/USA relationship and offers a critique regarding plans as they have unfolded in Afghanistan and around the Middle East, particularly since 9/11, which was the turning point. It's very critical of the neo-conservative republicans from the Bush administration but isn't afraid to point the finger at where Pakistan and it's neighbours have went wrong in recent years. Rashid is a Pakistani journalist turned UN advisor who has apparently won lots awards. (I haven't bothered to look them up) I felt like the book, even though it was written by a Muslim and a Pakistani man, was unbiased and straight to the point in describing where the issues lay. It gave a really vivid overall picture of events - not necessarily in order - in the region that have been unfolding due to the influence of the USA and it's allies but also detailed the reasons behind political decisions made in Pakistan, such as fear of the military and ISI or the overall Islamification of the nation. It covered the anger Afghans have felt over recent years and the failure to actually rebuild infrastructure for the nation due to a lack of foresight in the planning stage. It also covers the return of Karzai to the country as he had apparently always sought to see the Taliban removed from power and grasped that opportunity I am not necessarily a worldy person but global politics have begun to interest me lately so this type of book was just a great introduction to it all. This idea of a 'post 9/11 world' really intrigues me. So I was wondering if ARRSERs could maybe point me towards similar books like this? Amazon is a bit up and down with reviews and recommendations. If you know of any good books covering global politics in recent years or discussing events in the middle east or far east then I'd love to give them a shot.