What are the best books that feature Afghanistan?

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    #1The Bookseller of Kabul

    The Bookseller of Kabul

    The Bookseller of Kabul is a feminist and socialist book written by author Asne Seierstad. It was published in October 2004. It is about a bookseller, his wife, and their battle to bring books to Kabul despite the authoritarian regime in the country.


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    Andrea Williamson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A good story about the controversial subject of censureship and feminism in Afghan today. The Bookseller is eventually free to sell books but he is a dark character portraying the horrors of being a woman and child under Sharia Law."
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    #2A Bed of Red Flowers

    A Bed of Red Flowers

    A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan is a dramatic memoir written by Nelofer Pazira. It was originally published in 2006. It is about a girl who escaped the Russian occupation of Afghanistan but returned to save her friend.


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    Jane Robinson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A decent memoir about the horrors of war from the eyes of a child too young to understand the reasons why such things happen."
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    Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia is an expose written by Jean Sasson based on the real life of a Sultana. It was originally published in 2010. It is about how women are treated in Saudia Arabia.


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    Nancy Porter
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Princess was an amazing book; such an unbelievable tale told with sincerity and truth. I can't think of any other piece of media that goes quite as in depth on women's lives in Saudia Arabia. Unflinching but not without heart, this is a great introduction to a world that doesn't get much inquiry otherwise."
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    #4Zoya's Story

    Zoya's Story

    Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom is a memoir written by Zoya with contribution from John Follain and Rita Cristofari. It was published in 2003. It is about an Afghan woman who joins a rebel group against the Taliban.


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    Deborah Reid
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book was very interesting. In addition to having a great story, it also helped me to learn a lot more about life in Afghanistan."
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    #5The Story of My Life

    The Story of My Life

    The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky is a memoir written by Afghan author Farah Ahmedi with Tamim Ansary. It was published in 2005 after it was selected by ABC's GMA show as the next great American memoir.


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    Susan Wells
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A really amazing tale! The girl featured in the story is a strong, amazing character. The story itself is touching and gripping. I gave this book to my daughter after I was done with it, and she loved it too! Really, this is a lovely book."
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    #6Bullets and Train

    Bullets and Train

    Adeeris Ghayan's Bullets and Train is an action-thriller novel on terrorism and wars in the Middle East. The action-packed page-turner was self-published on July 4th, 2014.


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    Nancy Weaver
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This novel will help you see terrorism in a new light. It does not make any excuses, but it shows the brutal human cost of modern warfare and terror attacks. It exposes some of the systemic problems that keep perpetuating this negative behavior. It’s a must read for anyone looking to better understand something that really can never be understood."
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    Sikander is a war historical fiction book written by M. Salahuddin Khan. This book is about Afghan war during Ronald Reagan's term and it is first published in 2010 by Karakoram Press. 


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    Joseph Austin
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I am not a huge believer or appreciator of war and battle, so Sikander's main theme didn't appeal to me. I thought that most of it was bleak and depressing, so it didn't put me in a good frame of mind while reading it. It is well-written, so if you like war stories and how war can impact civilian lives, then give this book about Afghanistan a try."
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    #8Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars

    Ghost Wars is Steve Coll's Pulitzer Prize-winning piece that contains accounts from key government personalities about the U.S.'s actions in the Middle East during the rise of Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban.


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    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "As a history buff who is very interested in the problems occurring in the Middle East, I found this book to be a fascinating read. It goes in to a lot of detail about America's intervention in Afghanistan and how that situation developed over time. It helped me understand what is happening in that part of the world more than anything else I have read."
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    #9And the Mountains Echoed

    And the Mountains Echoed
    Published in 2013, And the Mountains Echoed is a historical fiction novel by acclaimed author, Khaled Hosseini. Set in Kabul, it tells the heartbreaking life story of two siblings, Abdullah and Pari.

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    Miguel Ángel Carbajal
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "And the Mountains Echoed was recommend to me since I was interested in all things history so I decided to pick up this book. One of the best book that feature Afghanistan history and how it affected the two lives of the siblings of the novel written with a beautiful writing style. If you enjoy Afghanistan history and want to learn about the evilness of what people would do when they join the dark side then this is a must have book. Highly recommend it."
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    #10The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King is a historical adventure fiction novel written by Rudyard Kipling. This British classic fiction book is first published in 1888. 


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    Samantha Turner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a story about to con men who tried to become King of Afghanistan and is a great short story from Rudyard Kipling. His stories for adults are very different than the children's stories, so do not expect the same thing at all and just approach it as a different work. It is actually inspired by a real person, for those who like an extra dose of authenticity in their reading. Also if you are looking for a fantastic storyteller, along with a story about Afghanistan, you really need to look no further than Rudyard Kipling."


Best What are the best books that feature Afghanistan
1The Bookseller of KabulBooks 24 Paid
2A Bed of Red FlowersBooks 22 Paid
3PrincessBooks 21 Paid
4Zoya's StoryBooks 20 Paid
5The Story of My LifeBooks 18 Paid
6Bullets and TrainBooks 16 Paid
7SikanderBooks 15 Paid
8Ghost WarsBooks 12 Paid
9And the Mountains EchoedBooks 3 Paid
10The Man Who Would Be KingBooks 1 Paid

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