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  1. Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World [Paperback]

    Al Jazeera: How Arab TV News Challenged the World [Paperback]

    $400.00

    With more than fifty million viewers, Al Jazeera is one of the most widely watched news channels in the world. It's also one of the most controversial. Set up by the eccentric Emir of Qatar, who turned a failed BBC Arabic television project into an Arab news channel, Al Jazeera quickly became a household name after September 11th by delivering some of the biggest scoops in television history, including airing a taped speech from Osama bin Laden. Lambasted as a mouthpiece for Al Qaeda, little is actually known about Al Jazeera and its operations.Financed by one of the weathiest countries in the world, Al Jazeera quickly established itself as the premiere news channel in the Islamic world by covering events Arabs cared about in a way they had never seen before. However, accusations of ties to Al Qaeda continue to plague it. Their journalists have been accused of spying for everyone from Mossad to Saddam Hussein, sometimes simultaneously. This the story behind the Arab news channel that makes the news.

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  2. Ask Forgiveness Not Permission ( PB )

    Ask Forgiveness Not Permission ( PB )

    $995.00

    On retirement from an unusual military career Howard Leedham settled in the USA with his American wife and successfully flew executive jets until...He was recruited in 2003 by the US State Department's Airwing (which operates an international fleet of aircraft engaged in counter-terrorism and anti-narcotics operations). Despite being British, the author had the unusual skills they required. Howard's specific brief was to activate a fleet of anti-terrorist helicopters given to the Pakistan armed forces but which had been embargoed and never properly used. This was easier said than done. Howard had to win over opposition from inside the State Department and in particular from their Islamabad Embassy, and also dispel the suspicions of the Pakistani Armed Forces. The helicopters were released and brought up to the high standard of mechanical and operational maintenance required - no mean achievement in itself. Despite finding doors closed to senior Pakistani officers and being constantly told that the appropriate general was much too busy to see him, Howard made his mark by offering to stand outside the general's toilet door and tell him about his plans! This tactic worked, he had his meeting (not in the toilet) and he was given command of twenty-five Pathan soldiers to train in Special Forces tactics and helicopter skills. Next he had to win his soldiers' confidence. Howard did this with great success and he was given a further 25 Pathans. They became an amazingly loyal team and the book describes in detail several very successful discreet operations; and the occasional failure or withdrawn patrol - often because of leaked information. Howard had to do all this while under great personal threat. How could he tell who was a friend and who was a foe - even among his own troops? His ultimate success in anti-terrorist operations can be measured by two factors: o The US State Department, with Congressional and Embassy approval, allocated more helicopters. o His farewell party in a desert tent for just his Pathans and his helicopter crews had over 1,500 soldiers guarding the perimeter. All this came at a personal price - on completing his mission Howard's marriage broke up and he was nearly killed by a bomb on a subsequent visit to Islamabad.

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  3. The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (PB)

    The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat (PB)

    $1,295.00

    Product Details: Author: Vali Nasr Category: Current Affairs Imprint: Anchor Books Publisher: Anchor Books Age: Adult Delivery Days: 3-6 Days Learn More
  4. Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran - (HB)

    Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran - (HB)

    $1,695.00

    Product Details: Author: Amin Saikal Category: Current Affairs Imprint: Viva Books India Publisher: Viva Books India Age: Adult Delivery Days: 3-6 Days Learn More
  5. Storm Warning: Riding the Crosswinds in the Pakistan-Afghan Borderlands - (HB)

    Storm Warning: Riding the Crosswinds in the Pakistan-Afghan Borderlands - (HB)

    $2,295.00

    The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands are pivotal to international security. They are often dangerous, strategically crucial and little explored by outsiders. Robin Brooke-Smith provides a new perspective on Northwest Pakistan in this first-hand account of his years in this troubled region. Tracing the build-up to 9/11 and the upheaval that has followed, this is a captivating behind-the-scenes look into the regional fulcrum of global jihad. Recounting his experiences as Principal of the prestigious Edwardes College in Peshawar, the author explores the creation and growing influence of the Taliban, and provides a unique and close-up view into this fascinating area. This book is illuminating reading for all those interested in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the turbulent recent history of the borderlands of the 'AfPak' region.

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  6. On Nuclear Terrorism - (HB)

    On Nuclear Terrorism - (HB)

    $1,395.00

    Michael Levi takes readers inside nuclear terrorism and behind the decisions a terrorist leader would be faced with in pursuing a nuclear plot. Levi also identifies the many obstacles, large and small, that such a terrorist scheme might encounter, allowing him to discover a host of ways that any plan might be foiled.

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  7. The Mountain Shadow: Shantaram 2

    The Mountain Shadow: Shantaram 2

    $1,650.00

    Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow, the long-awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules.

    It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.

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  8. Career of Evil

    Career of Evil

    $1,550.00

    The third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them... A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, Career of Evil is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives. You will not be able to put this book down.

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  9. WHERE BORDERS BLEED (HB)

    WHERE BORDERS BLEED (HB)

    $995.00

    Product Details: Author: Rajiv Dogra Category: Current Affairs Imprint: Rupa & Co India Publisher: Rupa & Co India Age: Adult Delivery Days: 3-6 Days Learn More
  10. Karachi - Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City

    Karachi - Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City

    $895.00

    Product Details: Author:Laurent Gayer Category:Current Affairs Imprint:HarperCollins India Publisher:Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd. Age:Adult Delivery Days:2 to 6 Days Learn More

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