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message 1: by Dan (new)

Dan | 11 comments I teach high school English and I'm trying to find an accessible novel that deals with the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Most of the books available are blatant pro-occupation propaganda such as I, Malala and The Kite Runner. Any suggestions?


message 2: by Feliks (last edited Jul 19, 2016 09:43AM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) I myself only know first-hand of pre-invasion books; such as Ken Follet's "Lie Down with Lions"; 'James Michener's 'Caravans''; or Joseph Kessel's "The Horsemen".

However, I moderate several fiction-readers groups here on Goodreads; and since they are action-thriller groups there are several authors with Afghan experience. I will ask them, stand by.

By the way, I can however recommend an audio version of Noam Chomsky's speech on the American military's reaction to Afghanistan; it took place at M.I.T. and can probably be found with a simple web-search. Chomsky is the real deal.


message 3: by Feliks (last edited Aug 16, 2016 09:06AM) (new)

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) replies trickling in

Kevin Maurer - (any title from him)
'The Horse Soldiers' by Doug Stanton
'One Way Trip' by Scott McEwen.
The Afghan' by Frederick Forsyth
'Imperial Hubris' by Michael Scheuer
'Swiftshadow, Book 3' by DS Kane
'The Looming Tower' by Lawrence Wright
'The Bookseller of Kabul' by Åsne Seierstad
"The Only Thing Worth Dying For' by Eric Behm.


message 4: by Javier (new)

Javier | 20 comments The Colonial Present by Derek Gregory
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb
I also echo the recommendation above of The Bookseller of Kabul.


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