Love & War in Afghanistan
Love and War in Afghanistan presents true stories of fourteen ordinary men and women living in Northern Afghanistan. In a quarter-century of uninterrupted war, the people of Afghanistan have endured foreign invasions, ethnic strife, a fundamentalist Islamic totalitarian regime, and the unending crossfire of rival warlord factions. The country remains an object of fascinati...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2006 by Seven Stories Press
(first published May 1st 2005)
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The image of Afghanistan in the West is something like the area that the Saudis call the "Empty Quarter", barren, impossible to understand, too remote to think about. It was the land that Alexander crossed between his battles in Persia and India; the land the Brits couldn't conquer. For the United States it was alternatively the home of the heroic anti-Communists and the music-hating, Buddha-destroying Taliban, hosts to the author of 9/11, but even after that horror, it was pushed off center sta...more
I've read many books on Afghanistan and this book stands out because of the different kinds of people interviewed. There were those who supported the communists and others who supported the mujahidin and through the stories in this book I got to see the reasoning behind their sympathies. Among the interviewees is even a captured ex-Soviet soldier who coverted to Islam and settled in Afghanistan. Fascinating insight into Afghan history.