A Jacques Barzun Reader: Selections from His Works by Jacques Barzun

By Jacques Barzun

Throughout his occupation Jacques Barzun, writer of the New York Times bestseller and nationwide publication Award Finalist From sunrise to Decadence, has consistently been referred to as a witty and sleek essayist, one that combines a intensity of information and a unprecedented facility with words.

Now Michael Murray has conscientiously chosen 80 of Barzun's so much artistic, comprehensive, and insightful essays, and compiled them in a single awesome quantity. With matters starting from historical past to baseball to crime novels, A Jacques Barzun Reader is a ceremonial dinner for any reader.

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Iran continued to aid the Northern Alliance, particularly the forces of Dostum and Ahmad Shad Masood, but it also rearmed Isma’il Khan, the former governor of Herat, who had taken refuge in Iran and returned to Afghanistan in 1996 to bolster opposition to the Taliban. By 1998, it was thought that Iran was providing more arms, fuel, and other materials to the Northern Alliance than was Russia. Planeloads of arms were flown in to equip the Shi’a Hazaras, and Iranian truck drivers provided a regular flow of materials.

Some observers believe this could present problems in the future from the Pashtun majority in southern and eastern Afghanistan and from supporters of the former king Zahir Shah, A though the exiled monarch has continued to maintain that he has no political aspirations. It is recognized by the United Nations and foreign diplomats that Abdullah has done an excellent job since his appointment following the December 2001 Bonn Conference and the June 2002 Loya Jirga (Great Council), but ethnic divisions within Afghanistan still make these loyalties as important as competence in terms of political legitimacy.

Underlying all of 1 2 ABDUR RAHIM, NAIB SULAR Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah (Patrick Robert/Corbis) this current distrust is the vexed Pashtunistan issue in the North-West Frontier Province of Afghanistan, with many Afghans still believing that the Pashtuns in this region should return to Afghan control or at least that the area should become an independent or autonomous region. Abdullah has been keen to forge a new relationship with Pakistan in order to deal with the threat posed by Taliban and al-Qaeda elements sheltering in Pakistan’s tribal borderlands.

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