©2003 Saira Shah; (P)2003 Penguin Books
I bought this to give me a basic history of Afghanistan and introduction to the culture. Shah's personal connection to Afghanistan (through her ancestry) gave her story colour and gave me a sense of the country. Shah doesn't pretent to give a neutral view of the country.
The book takes you from the Soviet occupation up to the September 11th terrorist attack on the twin towers.
The abridging wasn't great. The story doesn't quite hang together and you have a strong feeling that you have been denied important elements to the story.
"Well written and well told!"
Saira Shah is a great storyteller. Her story narrates her time in Afghanistan as a female reporter. She is intense and weaves her tale into an incredible 3 hours. You should put aside the full three hours, as you will not want to turn the book off!
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