Christina Lamb - The Sewing Circles of Herat - 2002
I have read quite a few books about Afghanistan in the past two or three years since there seem to be a lot available right now. This was by far the best one of them. (All the others were fiction.) Christina Lamb is a journalist who knows her job. She had been in Afghanistan before 9/11 and then went back straight after when almost no western correspondent was able to get there. She met a lot of people from all sides - politicians, taliban, normal people, especially women. And she gives a great insight into this tormented country.
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