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The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
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Oct 15, 2008

it was amazing

This is a really amazing book. Rory Stewart approaches his post 9/11 walk (with no money!) through Afghanistan with a certain academic detachment. He keeps his journey grounded in the history of the country by tracing an ancient route and describes his interactions with the people that he meets with the distance of an anthropologist. Unlike in other travel books, Stewart does not glorify himself or anyone he meets. He also resists the temptation to villainize or judge even those who threaten him and instead describes all of his experiences with a matter- of- fact fatalism that provides a vivid glimpse into life in remote Afghanistan.
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