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A valuable read if you want to, or need to, understand something more about Afghanistan.
Isby helps one appreciate how important Afghanistan is, and will continue to be, for many powers. His prescience seems to have predicted what we now see in terms of IS. He walks us through the complex paths of history, relationships, personalities and more that have shaped Afghanistan.
We learn about how inter-twined Afghanistan and Pakistan are, and of repeated mistakes in relation to governance, aid, and international support.
The sections on culture and context, on aid and its limitations, and insights regarding the long-term struggle to shape the Afghan institutions of the future struck home - insightful, well referenced, and balanced.
A dense but informative book - well worth a read if you have need to understand more about this fascinating but tragic land.
Would you try another book written by David Isby or narrated by Greg Abbey?
What was most disappointing about David Isby’s story?
It's so complicated and dry that it's hard to bear. I really, really, really tried. Gave it several chances but I still haven't even got through half of it.
Any additional comments?
I wanted to know more about the country due to ISIS crisis. I thought it impossible but I know less then when I started. Without clear structure and coherent narration this book is as easy to follow as a short-cut on Sahara in sand storm.
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