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The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad by John R. Schmidt

The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad
John R. Schmidt
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Picador
Current Affairs / Politics

For a review copy (US and Canada only) or to schedule an interview with John R. Schmidt, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com

PRAISE FOR THE UNRAVELING
“Pakistan is where all the headaches of the twenty-first century come together. In The Unraveling, John R. Schmidt draws upon his firsthand experience as a diplomat in that nation to explain why. This is a book filled with useful information, objectively presented and offered at precisely the right time.”—Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997–2001

“John R. Schmidt pulls no punches in this timely book. He makes a powerful case that Pakistan’s ‘feudal political class’ is that deserving but conflicted country’s worst enemy. He is just as frank in his critique of U.S. policy. His motive is entirely constructive: he administers a bracing and necessary dose of tough love to one of the most important and troubled interstate relations on earth.”—Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution

“This thought-provoking, evenhanded, and sobering history is a ‘cautionary tale’ about the choices Pakistan’s ruling classes have made that threaten to bring it to the brink of destruction.”Publishers Weekly

“A rare lucid take on the turmoil in Pakistan . . . [Schmidt] offers a cogent analysis of the havoc caused by a nettlesome concoction of feudal lords, strong military, American pressure and radical Islamist factions all vying for dominance . . . A deeply thoughtful study geared for the lay reader.”Kirkus Reviews

“[Schmidt] provides here a succinct history of Pakistan and examines, in highly readable and informative prose, how the country became a haven for jihadist groups . . . Because of Schmidt’s years of inside foreign policy experience, his book contains distinct details and observations that outsiders writing cannot offer. Recommended to all serious readers interested in a policymaker’s perspective.”Library Journal

ABOUT THE UNRAVELING
How did a nation founded as a homeland for South Asian Muslims become a haven for Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups? In this groundbreaking work, former U.S. diplomat John R. Schmidt, who served in Pakistan in the years leading up to 9/11, takes a detailed look at the country’s relationship with radical Islam. The Unraveling is the clearest account yet of the complex, dangerous relationship between the leaders of Pakistan and jihadist groups—and how the rulers’ decisions have led their nation to the brink of disaster and put the world at great risk.

ABOUT JOHN R. SCHMIDT
John R. Schmidt teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He served in the State Department during a thirty-year service career, including as political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in the years leading up to 9/11.

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Walking with the Comrades by Arundhati Roy

Walking with the Comrades
Arundhati Roy
Penguin Paperback
On Sale: October 25, 2011
This title is available on Netgalley

Praise for WALKING WITH THE COMRADES
“Informed, impassioned, at times strident, and fleet and fascinating when describing life on the ground among the rebels, Roy’s prose will both rouse and ruffle.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A bell-clear exposé of corporate greed and governmental malfeasance that should—if there is any justice in the world—provoke a furious backlash in the name of human dignity.” Kirkus

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Deep in the forests, under the pretenses of battling Maoist guerrillas, the Indian government is waging a vicious total war against its own citizens. Allied with the mining and banking conglomerates eager to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands, government soldiers are daily committing unspeakable atrocities, undocumented by a weak domestic press and unnoticed by an indifferent world.

In WALKING WITH THE COMRADES, a Penguin Paperback Original on sale October 25, 2011, acclaimed writer Arundhati Roy, the author of The God of Small Things and a firebrand investigative journalist, documents this secret war.

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 1997. Since then she has produced numerous works of political commentary and investigative journalism including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, and Listening to Grasshoppers. A collection of her interviews, The Shape of Beasts, was published in 2008.

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To request a review copy, email: gabrielle.gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com

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Planning Ahead: Winter 2012

Here’s a list of books I’m working on for our Winter 2012 season. I have a limited number of galleys but feel free to request. As review copies become available each title will have its own page. Please follow Books on Tap on Facebook for updates. Please email me at Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com to be included on a book’s mailing list. More information about these titles will be posted as it becomes available.

January
Title: A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America 
Author: Tom Zoellner
Imprint: Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale: December 29, 2011
Category: Current Events / Politics
Penguin Group page
Author’s Website

Title: Island of Wings: A Novel
Author:
Karin Altenberg
Imprint: Penguin (Paperback Original)
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Category: Fiction
Penguin Group page

February
Title: The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home
Author: Arlie Hochschild
Imprint: Penguin (Paperback Reissue with Updated Material)
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Category: Social Sciences / Women’s Studies
Penguin Group page 

Title: Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North
Author: 
Ibn Fadlan; Translated with Introduction by Paul Lunde & Caroline Stone
Imprint:
 Penguin Classics
On Sale:
January 31, 2012
Category:
Travel / History / Essays / Middle East
Penguin Group page

March
Title: Reading For My Life: Writings, 1958-2008
Author:
 John Leonard
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 15, 2012
Category: Literary Criticism / Essays

Title: Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Author:
 Ahmed Rashid
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 15, 2012
Category: Foreign Relations / Current Affairs / Politics / Southeast Asia
Author’s Penguin Group page 

April
Title: The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc
Author:
 Nancy Goldstone
Imprint:
Viking (Hardcover)
On Sale:
 March 29, 2012
Category: History / Biography
Author’s Website

Title: The Nobleman and Other Romance
Author: Isabelle de Charriere
Imprint: Penguin Classics (Paperback)
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Category: Classics / Short Stories

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The Most Dangerous Place

The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier by Imtiaz Gul
 Penguin Paperback / On Sale: May 31, 2011
With a new preface from the author

In The Most Dangerous Place: Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier, veteran Pakistani journalist and broadcaster Imtiaz Gul offers a definitive exposé of a region that few Americans can penetrate, and that we need urgently need to understand.

Courageously reported and based on hundreds of interviews with key players (both Pakistani and American), The Most Dangerous Place brings into question some of our fundamental assumptions about Pakistan:

  • What can be done to reign in the terror groups attacking India and Afghanistan and Pakistan itself while using the Pakistani territory as their base?
  • Are sections of the Pakistani military establishment supporting some of these groups? If so which ones, and why?
  • Is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal at risk of falling into the hands of the most-feared terrorist organizations in the world?
  • Did the disastrous floods in the summer of 2010 strengthen the hand of the militants?
  • What did Wikileaks reveal about our relationship with the Pakistani military?
IMTIAZ GUL has been reporting on Islamist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1980s and has written extensively for Pakistan’s Friday Times and The News. His first book “The Unholy Nexus”  chronicled Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan and particularly with the Taliban. He has reported on Pakistan for CNN and appears regularly on Al Jazeera and on German radio and Indian and Pakistani television. He heads the Center for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad.

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