books about: afghanistan
Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban
Da Capo Press
Fabulous primer of Afghanistan - 'you can't buck history!'
A history book that reads with the pace of a thriller, bringing centuries of history to life for the non-academic reader. The sections on the exploits of Alexander the Great and Genghis Kahn are gripping. Yet behind the non-stop battles, wars and intrigue Tanner begins to reveal the continuous pattern of straight-forward conquest, puppet governments with inability to control beyond the Greater ...
The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan
The Only Thing Worth Dying For
If you have ever wondered about the "hype" afforded to "Green Berets" this book is a must read! Having served in Special Forces back in the days when officers and enlisted soldiers were "qualified" separately, I have often wondered if there truly has been a change in the training programs. Reading this book, I found the current training program is apparently not only the same, but there ...
Greetings From Afghanistan, Send More Ammo: Dispatches from Taliban Country
I STILL don't like war stories and I don't like blogs, but.......
I was already hooked on Captain Benjamin Tupper's personal story of war, his self-published "Welcome to Afghanistan." "Greetings from Afghanistan, Send More Ammo," a significantly expanded version of his story, snagged me--I read it from cover to cover and liked it even more than the first version. Written during and after Captain Tupper's year long deployment to Afghanistan in 2006-2007, ...
Afghan Journal: A Soldier's Year In Afghanistan
Good to Know our Army has a Few Good Men
This is a touching, thought-provoking story of one man's mission to make a difference in the world - by sacrificing his typical suburban life in the US to help empower the Afghan people to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. If you've ever struggled to choose between personal and professional demands, while aiming to serve a higher purpose, you'll relate to this story. I learned SO MUCH by ...
First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan
Incredible account by someone who was there
If you're interested in the CIA or intelligence, "First In" is a great read that provides a wealth of information and detail by a CIA officer who was on the ground in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Gary Schroen's book does not deal with politics, so you get a raw, first-hand account of how the U.S. prepared for and invaded Afghanistan. The book is well-written and provides an interesting ...
Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics
For anyone interested in the history of Afghanistan, its culture, and people, you cannot go wrong in reading this book.
In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan
Seth G. Jones
W. W. Norton & Company
Well thought out, honest book without partisan vitriol! Excellent
I have been seriously entertaining thoughts of joining the United States Army and felt it would be entirely unwise to do so without at least a basic understanding of one of our major combat zones. Seth G. Jones certainly does not disappoint with this empirical study of what must be one of the most diverse regions on Earth. Walk into a Borders or a Barnes and Noble book store and you will find ...
Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)
Princeton University Press
The view from where the people live
According to Thomas Barfield, the only way the Afghans could rid their country of the Russians was to make it ungovernable. Having gotten the Russians out, they have been unable to govern themselves, either. However, based on this impressive review, Afghanistan was never really governed anyway, certainly not in a modern sense. This can be said of any Muslim majority state, with the difference ...
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September ...
Ghost wars review
An extremely well written book detailing the Cia's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to September 2001. Well researched and intense.
Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Robert D. Kaplan
A first rate book on Afghanistan
Kaplan is an American journalist who made several trips into Afghanistan during the time that the Soviet Union had occupied Afghanistan and was intent on turning Afghanistan into a communist country. In his trips, Kaplan experienced and describes the life common to all mountain peoples, the cruelty and gruesomeness of war especially in its counter-insurgency edition, and the traditions of the ...
Danger Close: Tactical Air Controllers in Afghanistan and Iraq (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military ...
All about TACP's
Okay, it looks like I'm the first to review this thing and it's a pretty good read. As a younger TACP, I found this book very informative. The author is a former Air Laison Officer. The author briefly talks about our "twilight worlds" where we're "held at arms length by the Air Force" and "not fully embraced by the Army" that we live with everyday. This book, at times, reads like a collection of ...
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
Beach Lane Books
Nasreen lives in Afghanistan with her grandmother, in a culture rich with art, music and learning, until the soldiers come. When the Taliban comes, Nasreen must stay at home, until her grandmother hears of a secret school for girls. Outwitting the soldiers, the school keeps the children learning and Nasreen finds friendship. Sharing her discoveries with her grandmother, Nasreen finds an open ...
Come Back to Afghanistan: My Journey from California to Kabul
Said Hyder Akbar
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
A book that is well paced, well written, and chuck full of adventure!
Said Hyder Akbar is a surprisingly strong writer for his age. The way that he leads the reader into this exotic world is amazing. One genuinely gets to feel some of the things that are in the news as far as the conflict near Pakistan's border. Although the book was written in 2006 many of his observations ring true to this day. If you are interested in Afghanistan/Pakistan make sure to read this ...
The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan
Harvard University Press
A fascinating book
This book is extremely well written and is a fount of information. It is a must for anyone trying to understand the mess in Afghanistan.
Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
Request from Iraq
this book was a personal request from our Army Avaitor who is stationed in Iraq. He says it was a great read and would highly reccomend it. He also tells me it was difficult to put down. Read it in one day...
Long Rifle: A Sniper's Story in Iraq and Afghanistan
The Lyons Press
I really don't understand why this book received so many bad reviews. So many people saying Joe LeBleu is a liar and this stuff never happened so on and so fourth. Lucky for me I read this book before i saw these reviews on amazon, because if I would have read these reviews first I probably wouldn't have read this book at all and I would have assumed Joe made it seem like he was the James Bond of ...
In Afghanistan: Two Hundred Years of British, Russian and American Occupation
A very readable history of Afghanistan from Western eyes
Something which prevents the general reader from picking up a book, like Loyn's "In Afghanistan," is the threat of being bored or bludgeoned by an agenda. Instead, Loyn approaches his topic with the eye of an experienced and accomplished journalist, helping the reader experience what is profound and historic about the small country of Afghanistan, why it keeps appearing in the geo-political ...
Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story
City Lights Publishers
Extremely insightful and valuable background...
...for understanding how we came to be in the predicament that we're in, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story gives an unusually clear summary of historical events that led to the present (2009). Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald have obviously done their homework and gone to great lengths both in travels to Afghanistan and research to give us a picture of what's transpired, heretofore ...
Afghanistan and the Anglo-Russian Dispute
Theo. F. Rodenbough
General Books LLC
a poor record
This document appears to be a PARTIAL reprint from a larger report. It is unreadable and incapable of being understood or even followed. And at places, it would appear the keyboarder was typing on the wrong line of keys! Certainly not worth even the postage let alone the cost.
Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide (Second Edition) (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)
Odyssey Publications, Ltd.
Invaluable Deployment Companion
This is not your typical guide book. "Go here, stay here, visit this museum, etc...". This is a comprehensive field guide with detailed information on every aspect of culture, traditions and history of the people and land of Afghanistan. The book is a daunting 768 pages, but it is very managable. It is broken down regionally with emphasis on ethnicity. This is especially valuable when trying ...
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