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Prisoners of Hope: The Story of Our Captivity and Freedom in Afghanistan
by Dayna Curry, et al
The story of two missionaries imprisoned by the Taliban shortly before the September 11 attacks and held captive for 105 days.
Hardcover: Doubleday; ISBN: 0385507836; (June 11, )
Unexpected Light : Travels in Afghanistan
by Jason Elliot
Part travelogue, part historical evocation, part personal quest, and part reflection on the joys and perils of passage, An Unexpected Light is the stunning account of Jason Elliot's journey through Afghanistan, a country considered off-limits to travelers for twenty years. Aware of the risks involved, but determined to explore what he could of the Afghan people and culture, Elliot leaves the relative security of the capital, Kabul. He travels by foot and on horseback, and hitches rides on trucks which eventually lead him into the snowbound mountains of the North toward Uzbekistan, the former battlefields of the Soviet army's "hidden war." Here the forbidden beauty of the Afghan landscape kindles a moving recollection of the author's life ten years earlier, when, no more than a boy, he fought with the anti-Soviet mujaheddin resistance during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Weaving different Afghan times and visits with revealing insights on matters ranging from antipersonnel mines to Sufism, Jason Elliot has created a narrative mosaic of startling prose which captures perfectly the powerful allure of a seldom-glimpsed world. An Unexpected Light is a remarkable, poignant book about Afghanistan and a heartfelt reflection on the experience of travel itself. The Publisher
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.
Paperback - 292 pages (August 1982)
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195030672
by Chris Steele-Perkins
"Afghanistan" is introduced by the French essayist and traveller André Velter and includes essays and verses by the Afghani poet Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, who was assassinated in Pakistan in 1988. 76 duotone photographs. 

Adventures in Afghanistan
by Louis Palmer
Soviet troops had "officially" withdrawn, but the country was still in the ravages of war when Louis Palmer ventured into Afghanistan, pursuing legends of a secret knowledge. His story is a fascinating interweave of political and spiritual intrigue. The Publisher
(Paperback - December 1990)

To Afghanistan and Back
by Ted Rall, Bill Maher

A Journey Through Afghanistan
by Chaffetz, et al

Among the Afghans (Central Asia Book Series)
by Arthur Bonner
(Hardcover - May 1988)

Hammond Greater Middle East Region Map: Including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Turkey

Asia and Pacific Review: 58 Countries, from New Zealand to China to Afghanistan

Travels in Afghanistan
by Ernest Fox

The Victor Weeps : Afghanistan
by Fazal Sheikh (Photographer)

Afghanistan Diary: 1992-2000
by Edward Grazda (Photographer)
Listed under Afghanistan History

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
by Eric Newby
Preface by Evelyn Waugh
For more than a decade following the end of World War II, Eric Newby toiled away in the British fashion industry, peddling some of the ugliest clothes on the planet. (Regarding one wafer-thin model in her runway best, he was reminded of "those flagpoles they put up in the Mall when the Queen comes home.") Fortunately, Newby reached the end his haute-couture tether in 1956. At that point, with the sort of sublime impulsiveness that's forbidden to fictional characters but endemic to real ones, he decided to visit a remote corner of Afghanistan, where no Englishman had planted his brogans for at least 50 years. What's more, he recorded his adventure in a classic narrative, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. The title, of course, is a fine example of Newby's habitual self-effacement, since his journey--which included a near-ascent of the 19,800-foot Mir Samir--was anything but short. And his book seems to furnish a missing link between the great Britannic wanderers of the Victorian era and such contemporary jungle nuts as Redmond O'Hanlon. At times it also brings to mind Evelyn Waugh, who contributed the preface. Newby is a less acidulous writer, to be sure, and he has little interest in launching the sort of heat-seeking satiric missiles that were Waugh's specialty. Still, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a hilarious read. The author excels at the dispiriting snapshot, capturing, say, the Afghan backwater of Fariman in two crisp sentences: "A whole gale of wind was blowing, tearing up the surface of the main street. Except for two policemen holding hands and a dog whose hind legs were paralysed it was deserted." His capsule history of Nuristan also gets in some sly digs at Britain's special relationship with the violence-prone Abdur Rahman: Officially his subsidy had just been increased from 12,000 to 16,000 lakhs of rupees. To the British he had fully justified their selection of him as Amir of Afghanistan and, apart from the few foibles remarked by Lord Curzon, like flaying people alive who displeased him, blowing them from the mouths of cannon, or standing them up to the neck in pools of water on the summits of high mountains and letting them freeze solid, he had done nothing to which exception could be taken. 

Newby also surpasses Waugh--and indeed, most other travel writers--in another important respect: he's miraculously free of solipsism. Even the keenest literary voyagers tend to be, in the purest sense of the term, self-centered. But A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush includes wonderfully oblique portraits of the author's travel companion, Hugh Carless, and his wife, Wanda (who plays a starring role in such subsequent chronicles as Slowly down the Ganges). There are also dozens of brilliant cameo parts, and an indelible record of a stunning landscape. The roof of the world is, in Newby's rendering, both an absolute heaven and a low-oxygen hell. Yet the author never pretends to pit himself against a malicious Nature--his mountains are, in Frost's memorable phrase, too lofty and original to rage. Which is yet another reason to call this little masterpiece a peak performance. --James Marcus -
Paperback: 260 pages
Lonely Planet; ISBN: 0864426046;

Seven Journeys Eastward, 1898-1912 : Among the Cheremis, Kalmyks, Mongols, and in Turkestan, and to Afghanistan (Occasional Paper)
by G.J. Ramstedt, John R. Krueger (Translator)
(Paperback - June 1978)
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