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Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban
by Larry P. Goodson
(Paperback)
Listed under War in Afghanistan

Afghan Nomads in Transition : A Century of Change Among the Zala Khan Khel (The Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project)
by Gorm Pedersen, Ida Nicolaisen
(Hardcover)

Afghanistan Diary: 1992-2000
by Edward Grazda (Photographer)
Afghanistan Diary is a provocative introduction to the recent history of the troubled country since the Mujahideen capture of Kabul in 1992. Documentary photographer Edward Grazda witnessed firsthand this hugely transformative period in modern Afghan history, from the destruction of the capital city five years into a ruinous civil war between Mujahideen factions, to their defeat by the Pakistani-supported Taliban militia, whose radical interpretation of Islamic law--and its draconian enforcement--is unarguably the most extreme in the Islamic world. Photographer Edward Grazda's sharp, penetrating lens distills the simple beauty of the place and its people alongside the horror of state-sanctioned human rights abuses. Over the course of nine years, Grazda secured unprecedented access to the country through friends and ex-officials, in both Afghanistan and in the U.S., to document the profound changes there caused by the great differences between the moderate Mujahideen and their arch enemies, the Taliban. Grazda's grasp of Afghan history and culture create an explosive expos of this outlaw nation. Amazon.com
Hardcover - 72 pages 1 Ed edition (August 31, )
Power House Cultural Entertainment; ISBN: 1576870472

Armor of the Afghanistan War
by Steven Zaloga, et al
Listed under War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan : From Holy War to Civil War
by Olivier Roy
(Hardcover)
Back Ordered

The Abbas Pasha Manuscript : And Horses and Horsemen of Arabia and Egypt During the Time of Abbas Pa Sha, 1800-1860
by Judith Forbis (Editor), Gulsun Sherif (Editor)
Listed under Arabian Horses

The Age of Tamerlane : Warfare in the Middle East C.1350-1500
(Men-At-Arms, No. 222)
by David Nicolle, Angus McBride (Illustrator)
A study of the Timurid rulers who controlled an area which today comprises of Afghanistan and Central Asia, and their enemies, the Turcomans and Uzbeks. Dropbears.com
Paperback - 48 pages (August 1990)
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 0850459494

Agile Hands and Creative Minds: A Bibliography of Textile traditions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka
by Donald Clay Johnson
Listed under Textile Arts
 

The Bookseller of Kabul
The Bookseller of Kabul
by Asne Seierstad
Description: For more than twenty years, Sultan Khan has defied the authorities, whether communist or Taliban, to supply books to the people of Kabul. He has been arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned, and has watched illiterate Taliban soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. Yet he has persisted in his passion for books, shedding light in one of the world's darkest places. This is the intimate portrait of a man of principle and of his family - two wives, five children, and many relatives sharing a small four-room apartment in this war-ravaged city. As they endure the extraordinary trials and tensions of Afghanistan's upheavals, they also still try to live ordinary lives, with work, relaxation, shopping, cooking, marriages, rivalries, and shared joys. Most of all, this is an intimate portrait of family life under Islam. Even after the Taliban's collapse, the women in Khan's family must submit to arranged marriages, polygamous husbands, and crippling limitations on their ability to travel, learn, and communicate with others. Seierstad lived with Khan's family for months, experiencing first-hand Afghani life as few outsiders have seen it. Stepping back from the page, she allows the Khans to speak for themselves, giving us a genuinely gripping and moving portrait of a family, and of a country of great cultural riches and extreme contradictions.
Hardcover from Little Brown & Company
 
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History
by George Crile
Listed under Charlie Wilson's War

The Afghans (Peoples of Asia)
by Willem Vogelsang
Book Description:
In the 1960s and 70s Afghanistan was depicted in the media as the romantic haven of nomads and a resort for hashish-smoking hippies; in the 80s it was seen as a country where brave warriors fought against the 'evil' Soviet empire, and in the 90s redrawn as a semi-feudal land ruled by warlords and Islamic fundamentalists. In September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States thrust the country to the fore of international politics. The Afghans brings together these different outside perspectives to form one coherent story, telling the dramatic history of the land and peoples of Afghanistan from prehistoric times to the present day. 
The book discusses a wide variety of subjects including the Indo-Iranian invasions of the second millennium BC, the Persian Achaemenids, Alexander the Great, the Islamic conquest, the Mongols and the rise of the kingdom of Afghanistan in the eighteenth century. The author pays special attention to recent developments, including the Soviet occupation of the country and subsequent events. Much of the description of the contemporary period is based on the author's own experience of events. The history also draws on a wide variety of other sources, including archaeological, historical and linguistic materials. 
(Hardcover)

The Road to Oxiana
by Robert Byron
In 1933 Robert Byron began a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Teheran to Oxiana--the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which forms part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. The Road to Oxiana offers not only a wonderful record of his adventures, but also a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travelers. Amazon.com
Listed under Afganistan Travel Books

War's Offensive on Women : The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan
by Julie A. Mertus
(Hardcover)

Essential Field Guides to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones : Afghanistan
by Edward Girardet (Editor), et al
(Paperback)
 

The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan
The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan
by Ben Macintyre
Hardcover from Farrar Straus & Giroux
 
Night Letters : Inside Wartime Afghanistan
by Rob Schultheis
(Paperback)

The Jewel Carriers
by Varney, Akbar
Fiction
Paperback - 208 pages (December 29, )
Creative Ink; ISBN: 0967674409

Germs of War
by Ketan Desai
A somewhat prophetic piece of fiction. An Afghan terrorist group, run by the Pakistan secret service, manages to develop biological weapons in the US. A portion of the weapon gets released in a confined space, with deadly consequences. Ketan Desai
Paperback - 273 pages (October 1, )
Minerva Press; ISBN: 0754109887
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Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
by John K. Cooley
(Paperback)

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
by Ahmed Rashid
Listed under Taliban

The War in Afghanistan 1979-1989: The Soviet Empire at High Tide
by David Isby
(Paperback - 1990)
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