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The Khaarijee: A Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Shortly after September 11, J. Malcolm Garcia—a self-described middle-aged, middle-of-the-road midwesterner—arrived in Afghanistan. A former social worker, he had only recently become a reporter and had never covered a war. As for Afghanistan, he barely knew where it was. But during the next seven years of travel between Kansas City and a post-Taliban Afghanistan, Garcia f ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Beacon Press
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Allisonperkel
Sep 25, 2009 Allisonperkel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, global
"The Khaarijee" is a moving story, told in snapshots, of one journalist's experiences in Afghanistan from 2001 till 2007. The reader, like I'm sure Mr Garcia, feels like you are looking through slats at people's lives; only momentarily realizing that you are missing vast parts of their lives. And right now, this is the right time to read such a book on this country given that the US is at the crossroads where it must decide if it will stay and try to undo the damage that Bush and the Taliban hav ...more
Kasa Cotugno
It's easy to see why Dave Eggars is such a fan of J. Malcolm Garcia. They share a hands-on approach with their subject matter, and in this case, the people of Afghanistan are brought vividly into focus through Garcia's embedded reporting early in the war. Afghanistan has fallen off the front page and unless something devastating happens, Americans are focussing their interests elsewhere. Since Garcia is a former social worker, his humanity and activism are brought into play here to heartbreaking ...more
Shannon
Sep 07, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy the writing of Robert D. Kaplan, you will enjoy this book. The author however takes a more personal approach to his writing, spending 7 years off-and-on in Afghanistan, building a strong friendship with his translator/driver, adopting a puppy, and sponsoring 5 shoe-shine boys to go to school.
Jeff
Jun 28, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Garcia does a great job of using personal narrative to subtly examine what has taken place in Afghanistan in the last 7 years. A great read for anyone interested in U.S. policy, journalism, or other cultures.
Thomas DeWolf
Sep 17, 2009 Thomas DeWolf rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This is a powerful book about the human tragedy of the war in Afghanistan. Once again the question must be asked: when will we learn?

Read my full review at my blog: http://inheritingthetrade.com/blog/?p...
Perkimom
Jun 20, 2010 Perkimom rated it it was ok
More than likely a wonderful book for fans of this genre. Interesting that the author is from Kansas City. Devastating that these things happen.
Reid
Jul 16, 2012 Reid marked it as to-read
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