A senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi argues that, for 230 years, America's engagement with India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan has been characterized by short-term thinking and unintended consequences as America has sought to remake the world in its image. A clarion call to fundamentally rethink our approach to the region.
Fierce Enigmas offers an outline of 'the long and varied history of American involvement in South Asia' beyond just the Cold War ... Srinath Raghavan engagingly writes an epic narrative that gives the reader much to ponder about what might have been, and the United States' role in the world. It is the old story of the blind men describing an elephant by touch, but here either side could be the elephant or the blind men depending upon the circumstances. The book is well illustrated.
Raghavan...chronicles this underappreciated history in a treasure trove of information and fresh interpretation ... This is an excellent work of clarification for readers curious about past and present associations between the U.S. and South Asia.
A critical, sometimes embarrassing account of American relations with the major nations of South Asia ... Encounters with America, writes Raghavan, have not always been negative, but as his book shows, there’s much room for improvement.