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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan Paperback – 14 April 2016

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe Publications; 1 edition (14 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1925321525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1925321524
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.0 out of 5 stars78 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... part war memoir, part tale of self-discovery that, thanks to Barker's biting honesty and wry wit, manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking.' - Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune;;'Fierce, funny, and unflinchingly honest.' - Kirkus Review;;'Kim Barker is 'a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to the adrenaline rush of war... [She has] discovered a voice ... that enables her to capture both the serious and the seriously absurd conditions in Af-Pak, and the surreal deal of being a female reporter there ... hilarious and harrowing, witty and illuminating, all at the same time.' - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times;;'Witty, brilliant, and impossible to put down. Think P. J. O'Rourke meets Paul Theroux. Who knew war could be so funny?' - Rajiv Chandrasekaran;;'Laugh-out-loud funny, it is the true story of what it is like to be a female journalist in one of the world's most exotic war zones, while telling the reader much about what is really going on today in Afghanistan and Pakistan.' - Peter Bergen;;'Ms. Barker offers this world-the human world caught in the crosshairs of history-with a vitality rarely seen in accounts of the war. A compelling read that offers readers a glimpse of the goings-on behind the byline.' - J. Maarten Troost;;'Kim Barker gives a true and amusing picture of hellholes and the reporters on assignment in them. But she breaks the journo code of silence and reveals a trade secret of the hacks who cover hellholes: The hell of the holes is that they're kind of fun.' - P. J. O'Rourke

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When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she had only recently acquired a passport, spoke only English, and had little idea how to do the 'Taliban Shuffle' between Afghanistan and Pakistan. No matter - her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Serious Funny Book
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4.0 out of 5 stars A shot of whisky
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. Kim's book gives an honest assessment of ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars interessante e appassionante
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read that is truely hard to put down
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