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Journey Through Afghanistan
David Chaffetz
Price: $ 17

Shortly before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, David Chaffetz slipped from the protection of Western culture and immersed himself in the customs, fears, and hopes of the Afghan people, setting out by car and on horseback for a long journey through the northwestern quarter of the country. A Journey through Afghanistan is the story, told in vivid, descriptive prose, of his experience--an account that reveals more about the Afghan people themselves than most books written either before or since.

"There are both laughter and tension in the book with splendid descriptive writing. . . . All who know the region, and those curious about it, will find it rewarding."--Edmund Fuller, Wall Street Journal

"[Chaffetz's] good eye and better ear make his book [a] most informative one. . . . For the average Afghan, he writes, 'History was no story, not a chain of causation, but part of the landscape, a sense of place.'"--Tom Ricks, The New Republic

"[R]ich and enthralling. . . . A more penetrating view of Afghan life is not likely to be soon forthcoming."-->Library Journal

"The best thing I have read for giving the feel of Afghanistan and its varied people, social classes, religious sects. . . . Chaffetz wins confidence with the easy simplicity of his narrative. . . . What emerges from a charmingly simple story . . . is the warning--at least to this reviewer--that one must be cautious about using the term 'Afghan nation' as it is used in the West."--Owen Lattimore, Washington Post Book World

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