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Afghanistan Revealed: Beyond the Headlines [Kindle Edition]

Ahmed Rashid , Jules Stewart , Yossef Bodansky , Greg Mills , Robert Johnson , David Loyn , Magsie Hamilton Little , Bijan Omrani , Victoria Schofield , Humayun Khan
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Afghanistan Revealed offers the reader an incisive view into a country that has held the world’s attention for more than a decade. Hardly a day goes by without Afghanistan making news in the media – but behind the headlines, what do we really know about this complex and enigmatic country, its people, its culture and most importantly, its future? This ebook takes us beyond the media focus on politics and war into the lives of the Afghan people, and the forces that have shaped their individual and collective history.

A range of distinguished specialists shed light on Afghanistan, from the earliest Aryan migrations and the emergence of Islam, through the country's role as a key Central Asian trade centre, the Anglo-Afghan wars and the Soviet invasion, to the emergence of a post-Taliban state. We are reminded of how the Afghans have suffered in centuries of violent conflict and have stubbornly resisted all efforts to invade and dominate their land. We are presented with the tasks Afghanistan faces after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO-led combat troops, specifically the need to rebuild the country, create jobs, provide education, tap into its huge economic potential, and provide political and social harmony.

Readable and accessible, Afghanistan Revealed is essential background for anyone wishing to understand why peace and stability in the region have been so elusive. It is also an indispensable tool for foreign and Afghan policymakers who play a role in determining Afghanistan's future.


Anthony Arnott, Dr Whitney Azoy, Yossef Bodansky , John Dowdy, Andrew Erdmann, Dr Magsie Hamilton Little, Dr Robert Johnson, Dr Humayun Khan , Clare Lockhart, David Loyn, Dr Greg Mills, Bijan Omrani, Ahmed Rashid, Helen Saberi, Victoria Schofield, Jules Stewart

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'Afghanistan Revealed offers fresh perspectives on an ancient territory obscured by tales of tragic conflict. The compendium not only sheds new light, but also offers fresh hope. It is essential reading.' --Tim Butcher, best-selling author of Blood River

'Afghanistan Revealed is an illuminating collection of essays which go right to the heart of the issues that have afflicted this wonderful country for decades. The book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to acquire a more profound understanding of the complex web of challenges which have confronted and often confounded the world s leading politicians, soldiers and policy-makers for a decade or more.' --Con Coughlin, Defence Editor, Daily Telegraph

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This book brings together an impressive group of scholars, historians, journalists and photographers including Pulitzer nominee journalist and National Geographic filmmaker Dr Whitney Azoy;Yossef Bodansky, author of the New York Times bestseller Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America and BBC foreign correspondent David Loyn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3394 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Crux Publishing Ltd (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Afghanistan; at its best! 2 Mar. 2013
By Maz C
Format:Kindle Edition
It must surely be the most current overview of life in Afghanistan. I liked the fact that it is non-political: there's no point-scoring, cynicism or political angles (at least, none that my naïve eye picked up), just a view of Afghanistan from people who really know the country.

Chapters are written by a number of authors from their individual perspectives and in their own different styles. I found this very refreshing - it really brings the book to life. I've just picked out a few chapters below to comment on briefly.

I particularly liked the two chapters by Magsie Hamilton-Little (the roles of women and Islam in Afghan society). She explains the situation in such a clear, relevant and non-judgmental way, it really drew me in. I have a much better understanding of these important aspects of Afghan society having read these chapters.

Jules Stewart's chapter was a wonderful history lesson and a great read.

Whitney Azoy's chapter was charming, and I thought his use of the game, buzkashi, and the man, Habib, as a cipher for the change he has seen in the country over the past 20-30 years was clever.

The chapter on Pakistan by Victoria Schofield, among others, gave an authoritative (and very readable) insight into the dynamics of the region - and made it interesting.

The `brief history of Afghanistan' by Bijan Omrani was very good. I am not a great history buff, but I found this fascinating. The author has managed to write a history chapter that is so full of life and interesting information that you can't put it down.

Even though the book is stuffed full of facts about Afghanistan, it's an easy read. I learned a lot without realising it - surely the best way to learn! Most importantly, reading it has enabled me to piece together the history and dynamics of the region, and better understand the complex forces at work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So interesting - a fascinating read 27 Jan. 2013
By JeffJ
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Before I read this book I didn't know much about Afghanistan, except for what I heard on the news. That was until I started reading this wonderful account of why Afghanistan is as it is. The book covers a lot of ground, from the history of the country to more personal, and very evocative, accounts from people who obviously know the region well. There is truly something for everyone in it. I was well and truly gripped from the start. Just fascinating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan Revealed 15 Jan. 2013
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Beautifully put together book revealing the thousands of years of Afghanistan's complicated history and proud people. Experts in numerous fields of knowledge who have written about their subjects to give a comprehensive understanding of a massive country. What a feat! Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 29 Jan. 2013
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Highly professional writing, fascinating to learn about the real Afghanistan from those in the know. The concept of the book is just what we, who only pick up bits of information on Afghanistan from the media, need to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afghanistan Revealed - Review 18 Jan. 2013
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Afghanistan Revealed
The sale proceeds from this book go to help the Afghan Appeal Fund working to promote education in Afghanistan. There are a number of famous writers who have contributed to this volume including Bijan Omrani, Jules Stewart Yossef Bodansky and Victoria Schofield to name a few. Helen Saberi author of Noshe Djan, writes a chapter on Afghan cooking.
Bijjan Omrani writes about the early history of Afghanistan from the dawn of time to 1901. Bijan makes the important point that the Great game may have occurred in the nineteenth century between Britain and Russia but had been taking place for a far greater period of time. Indeed the struggles for Afghanistan between the Mughal and Safavid empires clearly illustrate this as each fought for Kandahar and Heart to remain in their orbit of influence.
After the Anglo Afghan Wars emerged the Pashtun strong man the Iron Amir of Afghanistan Amir Abdur Rahman who transplanted what he saw as the the trouble some Ghilzais to Nothern Afghanistan and launched ferocious attacks against the Shi'ite Hazara the legacy of which continues to haunt Afghanistan today. Bijan writes that, "Imprisonment which had hardly been known in Afghanistan before his reign, became commonplace, and the prison population soared from 1,500 in 1882 to 20,000 in 1896"
Jules Stewart writes about the Anglo Afghan Wars during which a retreating British army was wiped out in January 1842 by an Afghan tribal army. General Pollock was then sent to avenge this defeat and duly engaged in the destruction of the Kabul bazaar, burning of Kabul, sacking of Istalif and Charikar. A great military pageant took place at Ferozpur in East Punjab to celebrate the restoration of British `honour' in Afghanistan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book is an essential read to anyone trying to understand the complexities of Afghanistan, or purely just for someone interested in finding out a little more about the country constantly in our news. A collection of accounts from some superb authors on different aspects of life in Afghanistan, the book provides something for everyone. History, culture, religion, war, women, cuisine - it's all there. Highly recommended :)
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