- By FP Staff
Globalization hasn’t killed borders; it’s made them more interesting. We commissioned three leading writers to travel the world’s most impenetrable fault lines, the global gray zones where countries and people — and our often flawed ideas about them — meet. And this year FP and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is publishing ebooks with stories from these critical frontiers, starting with Peter Chilson’s We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali and Matthieu Aikins’s Bird of Chaman, Flower of the Khyber: Riding Shotgun From Karachi to Kabul in a Pakistani Truck.
You can also read excerpts from the books in our January/February issue below to follow the surprises these writers found, from the coup that awaited Chilson in Mali, once an African model of democracy, to Matthieu Aikins’s wild, smoke-filled journey over the Hindu Kush in a Pakistani truck. And we begin and end with Louie Palu’s powerful photography from the U.S.-Mexico border as you’ve never seen it before — all with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek, just as he sets off on his own seven-year journey tracing early humans’ first cross-border trek.
We Never Knew Exactly Where
By Peter Chilson
Bird of Chaman, Flower of the Khyber
By Matthieu Aikins
Margaret Slattery is assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy, working primarily on FP's print magazine. A Los Angeles native and recent graduate of Yale University, where she majored in English, she has written for The New Republic and has studied in Leon, Spain.| Passport |