The Greatest American "Nonfiction, Pakistan" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

    The book tells the true story of a man who, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, is taken in by the people of a small village in Pakistan. Touched by their kindness and noticing their lack of educational facilities, he promises to build them a school. The story follows his journey of fulfilling this promise, which expands into a mission to build schools, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, despite numerous challenges, including financial struggles, cultural barriers and threats from the Taliban.

    The 5745th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. K2 The Savage Mountain by Charles Houston, Robert Bates

    "K2 The Savage Mountain" is a gripping account of the 1953 American expedition to the world's second highest, yet most difficult to climb mountain, K2. The authors, who were part of the expedition, chronicle their team's heroic struggle for survival against harsh weather conditions, a dwindling supply of oxygen and food, and the mental and physical toll of climbing at such high altitudes. The book provides a detailed and harrowing insight into the world of mountaineering and the relentless determination required to conquer such formidable peaks.

    The 8667th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll

    This book provides an in-depth examination of the covert wars conducted by the CIA in Afghanistan and Pakistan, also known as "Directorate S." It offers an analysis of the complex relationships between the CIA, the military, and foreign governments, as well as the political and cultural challenges that shaped the war. The book also explores the consequences of these secret wars, including the rise of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and the impact on U.S. foreign policy.

    The 10551st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

    "Ghost Wars" is an in-depth exploration of the complex history of Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion in 1979 to just before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The book provides an intricate account of the CIA's role and America's foreign policy in Afghanistan, the rise of the Taliban, and the emergence of Osama Bin Laden. It also details the numerous missed opportunities to capture or kill Bin Laden, and the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

    The 10669th Greatest Book of All Time

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