Descent Into Chaos (Viking, $27.95), by Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, represents the most knowledgeable account so far of the unraveling of Pakistan and Afghanistan, showing how the Bush administration squandered opportunities to dampen Muslim rage. The U.S. must secure Central Asia if we are to avoid accelerating global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and a worldwide drug epidemic.

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ISBN: 9780143115571
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - April 7th, 2009

The Much Too Promised Land (Bantam, $26), by Aaron David Miller, gives us a balanced history of the failures of three-party negotiations among Israel and Palestine and the U.S. and he outlines a way forward.

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ISBN: 9780553384147
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bantam - December 30th, 2008