The Best Afghanistan Books
There are some absolute "must reads" Afghanistan books and some unique resources you may not have heard about.
Amazon.com shows over 300 items related to Afghanistan. So where should you start?
Highly Recommended Books on Afghanistan
Here are some books to get you started - some are old, and some are new, but these are on the list of "required reading" for "newbies" by agencies working in the country for the past 40 years.
Afghanistan by Louis Dupree An oldie, but a classic.
The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk ...and the Great Game continues today.
Afghanistan: A Short History of Its people and Politics by Martin Ewans
- A review by an American mom.
Review of Breadwinner, Parwana's Journey, Mud City
Trilogy by Deborah Ellis.
Review of Real Men Keep Their Word
A translation of Dari short stories by Arley Loewen
Images of Afghanistan
Introducing the new book by Arley Loewen and colleague Josette McMichael. This is an excellent source for an up-to-date account of Afghanistan culture as seen through art and literature.
- Photography Book Beautiful photos of Afghanistan in a bound book by Joseph Hoyt. Images of Afghanistan photography book highlights the beautiful people of Afghanistan.
- Afghan Hearts and Minds by Shafie Ayar
- See this is a very comprehensive Bibliography of books about Afghanistan for additional reading.
Another list is available in the Afghanistan Adventure Planning Guide.
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In Search of a New Afghanistan Not rated yet
In search of a new Afghanistan is a bold attempt to release one from the mainstream rhetoric, perceptions and opinion on Afghanistan.
It provides a …
Mentiras e Crimes da "Guerra ao Terror" Not rated yet
Original in Portuguese, Lies and Crimes of "War on Terror".
Malalaï Joya's biography, Afghanisan, Iraq, Iran and the US before 9/11 attacks (since 1979). …
Welcome to Afghanistan Not rated yet
A contractor's take on Afghanistan, its people, and its place in a competitive world. The assignment was an agriculture fair in Herat. Eventually 20,000 …
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Conversational Dari by Euegene Glassman and audio lessons to go with the book
Surviving in Dari by International Assistance Mission (IAM)
Speaking Afghan Pashto by Randall Olson and audio lessons to go with the book
Progressing Pashto by David Burns
Let’s Become Literate and associated Easy Readers(An adult Literacy Primer. Great to start learning reading and writing in Dari)
To obtain these books, check out Interlit Foundation
Books Published in Afghanistan
Shah M. Bookstore, the pre-eminent bookseller and publisher in Afghanistan has the largest book outlet in Kabul.
Mr. Rais, the owner of Shah M. Books, has recently written Once Upon a Time There Was A Bookseller in Kabul as a response to The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.
Mr. Rais is also working on a partnership to make more Afghanistan books published by Shah M. Books available in the UK, so hopefully there will be a way soon for people outside of Afghanistan to purchase books being published here.
In the meantime, check out Shah's books to learn more about some of the unique Afghan books found at this shop.
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