5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A gripping tale of the horrors of war,
This review is from: My Life With the Taliban (Hardcover)
This is a gripping tale written by an amateur writer. I believe this is what is gripping about it. It is untainted by the decorative and often misleading use of language. It's a narrative about how a poor village boy ended up being the embassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, and consequently being kidnapped; in defiance to all human and international conventions, and detained in Guantanamo.
The book is a brilliant insight into the psyche of those who fought the Soviets, corruption, and consequently tried to defend their country (which has always been the target of major colonial countries and the playground of greedy neighbors); only to be portrayed as monstrous creatures rising from the middle ages by the biased media machinery; if this statement causes the reader any cognitive dissonance, you ought to read the story of Yvonne Ridley, the award-winning journalist, who had first-hand experience of the Taliban.
Reading the reviews for this book, it is certainly polarizing; to say the least. However, if you follow the author's story line with an open mind and try to rid yourself of any prejudice and pre-conceived ideas, you might find it a fascinating experience; if not a transformational one.