Reading List

Personal Accounts and Memoirs

Ahmedi, Farah. The Other Side of the Sky. Simon Spotlight Entertainment, NY, 2005

Akbar, Said Hyder.  Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager’s Story.  Bloomsbury, 2005

Ansay, Tamim. West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story.

Benard, Cheryl. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women’s Resistance. Broadway Books, 2002.

Elliot, Jason. An Unexpected Light: Travels on Afghanistan.  Picador USA, 2001.

Jones, Ann. Kabul In Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan. Metropolitan Books, 2006.

Klaits, Alex and Gulchin Gulmamadova-Klaits. Love and War in Afghanistan. Seven Stories Press, 2005.

Klass, Rosanne. Land of the high Flags: a Travel memoir of Afghanistan. Random House, 1964.

Lamb, Christina. The Sewing Circles of Heart: A Personal Voyage through Afghanistan. HarperCollons, 2002.

Latifa, Checkeba Hachemi. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban.

Logan, Harriet. Unveiled: Voices of Women in Afghanistan. Pegan Books, 2002.

National Endowment for the Arts. Carroll, Andrew editor. Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the

Home front in Words of US Troops and Their Families. Random House, New York 2006

Pazira, Nelofer. A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan. Free Press, 2005.

Seierstad, Asne. The Bookseller of Kabul. Little Brown, 2003.

Shah, Saira. The Storyteller’s Daughter. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

Stewart, Rory. The Places In Between. Harcourt Books, 2006

Sultan, Masuda. My War At Home.  Washington Square Press, 2006.

Zoya. Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom. HarperCollins, 2002.


Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Riverhead Books, 2003.

Shakib, Siba. Afghanistan, Where God Only Comes to Weep. Century, London, 2002.

History, Political Commentary

Anderson, Jon Lee. The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan. Grove Press, 2002.

Bergen, Peter. The Osama bin Laden I Know. Free  Press, New York. 2006.

Brodsky, Anne. With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Routledge,


Chayes, Sarah. The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban. The Penguin Press, NY, 2006.

Coll, Steve. Ghost Wars: the Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to

September 10, 2001. Penguin Press, 2004.

Ewans, Martin. Afghanistan: A Short History of Its People and Politics. HarperCollins, 2002.

Goodwin, Jan. Price of Honor: Muslin Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World.  A Plum Book, 1995.

Hatch Dupree, Nancy.  An Historical Guide to Afghanistan.  Afghan Air Authority Afghan Tourist Organization

Kabul, 1977.

Johnson, Chris and Jolyon Leslie. Afghanistan the Mirage of Peace. Zed Books, 2004

Kolhatkar, Sonali and James Ingalls. Afghanistan Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence. Seven

Stories Press, NY 2006.

Rashid, Ahmed. Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia.  Yale University Press, 2001.


Dannin, Robert.  Arms Against Fury: Magnum Photographers in Afghanistan. PowerHouse Books, 2002.

Michaud, Roland and Sabrina. Afghanistan The Land that Was. Harry N. Abrams, 2002.

Norfolk, Simon. Afghanistan. Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2002.

Reuters. Afghanistan Lifting the Veil. Prentice Hall, 2002.

Sheikh, Fazal. The Victor Weeps Afghanistan. Scalo, 1998.

Steele- Perkins, Chris. Afghanistan. Westzone, 2000.

Travel Guide

Girardet, Edward and Jonathan Walter. Afghanistan : Crosslines Essential Field Guides to Humanitarian and

Conflict Zones. Media Action International, 2004.

Omrani, Bijan and Matthew Leeming. Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide. Odyssey Books & Guides, 2005

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