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The Places In Between

A friend in a PRT in Iraq recommended Rory Stewart’s book on his time in Iraq,The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq . I haven’t had a chance to read that one yet, but I did read Stewart’s The Places In Between over our local holiday earlier this […]


Descent into Chaos

Trying to find out what’s gone on in Afghanistan since 9/11, I read Ahmed Rashid’s Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Rashid is a journalist from Pakistan. He has previously published well-received books on the Taliban and on Jihad in Central Asia. Descent […]


Ghost Wars

An acquaintance who retired from the military and joined the Foreign Service recommended Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 to me when I asked him what I could read to learn more about Iraq and Afghanistan today (I have almost completed […]