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The Spy Chronicles

RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Sometime in 2016, a series of dialogues took place which set out to find a meeting ground, even if only an illusion, between A.S. Dulat and Asad Durrani. One was a former chief of RAW, India's external intelligence agency, the other of ISI, its Pakistani counterpart. As they could not meet in their home countries, the conversations, guided by journalist Aditya Sinha, took place in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu. 

On the table were subjects that have long haunted South Asia, flash points that take lives regularly. It was in all ways a deep dive into the politics of the subcontinent, as seen through the eyes of two spymasters. Among the subjects: Kashmir, and a missed opportunity for peace; Hafiz Saeed and 26/11; Kulbhushan Jadhav; surgical strikes; the deal for Osama bin Laden; how the United States and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries' attempts at talks. 

When the project was first mooted, General Durrani laughed and said nobody would believe it even if it was written as fiction. At a time of fraught relations, this unlikely dialogue between two former spy chiefs from opposite sides - a project that is the first of its kind - may well provide some answers.

©2018 Asad Durrani; A.S. Dulat; Aditya Sinha (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Spy meet statesman like spanner meet works

Narration lacks energy. Book lacks any flow or insights. Placid book with talks solves everything.

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A book if so many ifs and buts

the book had it's heart at right place, but the content at times seemed all over the place. nice to have views of both sides on table at same time. gives lot of perspective.

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as dulat is a scamster

one must read this book only to realize what a clown out former r&aw chief was.

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An eye-opening perspective.

must salute the two gentlemen - general durani and Mr. Dulat for this truly enriching book.

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Brilliant point of view of diplomats from India and Pakistan

I am amazed by the depth and content of the book , no wonder Asad Durrani lost his pension from Pakistani army after this book as this is very candid and looks behind the hyper nationalist news we get on the TV channel , it covers all topic which matter to India and Pakistan in very candid way !

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Very nice listen..

Very nice listen, if you are interested in knowing more about the world of spies, Raw and ISI.

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just impeccable

a marvelous piece on हिन्द पाक assessment great work I salute both gentlemen indeed great thought full work

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excellent

excellent book
excellent book if u like how spy agency works and how u can think out of box

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An attempt at being politically correct

I had rather high expectation of this book, but felt the story rather tepid. if the book was co-authored by two leading spooks (erstwhile) of two enemy nations, you would expect some insider view of the organization, how they work and some facts general public don't know about.
Instead what you get is two spy chiefs steering clear of any controversial subjects, mostly agreeing with each other and making a rather unsuccessful attempt at dissecting the policy level decisions of leaders of the nations.

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Indo Pak secrets unraveled

A very clear crispy and engrossing narrative unfolding the dark areas and an endeavour to bring some semblance on both sides of Indo Pak leadership

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