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1 AHARON, SARA Y. From Kabul To Queens: The Jews Of Afghanistan And Their Move To The United States.
American Sephardi Federation, New York / Decalogue Books, New York: 2011. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Here is the story of Jewish Afghanistan, a community some believe originated in Biblical times. Although no longer one with a physical presence in Afghanistan, it nonetheless still lives, but in a different locale. Actually, two. While many have relocated to Israel, there is also a sizable contingent that has reestablished itself in New York, with its own synagogue, one that maintains much of their Jewish heritage as it once thrived in cities along the fabled Silk Road of Central Asia. Based upon extensive interviews with many of these Afghan Jews, Sara Aharon, whose grandfather was the Torah reader at one of Herat's four synagogues, here details their past, and discusses how these traditional Jews have adapted to their American setting. From Kabul to Queens relates the history of a little known Jewish kehilla that was able to live in peace with its Sunni Moslem neighbors. ". . . an important contribution . . . future scholars will find Sara Aharon's study of significant value." - Rosanne Klass, author of Land of the High Flags: Afghanistan When the Going Was Good 
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2 AHARON, SARA Y. From Kabul To Queens: The Jews Of Afghanistan And Their Move To The United States.
American Sephardi Federation, New York / Decalogue Books, New York: 2011. First Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Here is the story of Jewish Afghanistan, a community some believe originated in Biblical times. Although no longer one with a physical presence in Afghanistan, it nonetheless still lives, but in a different locale. Actually, two. While many have relocated to Israel, there is also a sizable contingent that has reestablished itself in New York, with its own synagogue, one that maintains much of their Jewish heritage as it once thrived in cities along the fabled Silk Road of Central Asia. Based upon extensive interviews with many of these Afghan Jews, Sara Aharon, whose grandfather was the Torah reader at one of Herat's four synagogues, here details their past, and discusses how these traditional Jews have adapted to their American setting. From Kabul to Queens relates the history of a little known Jewish kehilla that was able to live in peace with its Sunni Moslem neighbors. ". . . an important contribution . . . future scholars will find Sara Aharon's study of significant value." - Rosanne Klass, author of Land of the High Flags: Afghanistan When the Going Was Good 
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3 ARMSTRONG, SALLY. Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power Of The Women Of Afghanistan.
Four Walls Eight Windows, New York: 2002. 1568582528 / 9781568582528 First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Here we have the most detailed account we have of the Taliban's outrages against women. Armstrong's narrative honors their struggles and finally gives tham a voice. Includes an Index. "Veiled Threat is a powerful account of the struggle of Afghan women against patriarch, misogyny, religious extremism, and the initial international acceptance of women's oppression in the name of culture." - Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation 
Price: 18.34 USD
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4 BELLEW, H. W. The Races Of Afghanistan Being A Brief Account Of The Principal Nations Inhabiting That Country.
Sang-E-Meel Publications, Lahore: 1979. Reprint of 1880 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Reading copy. Some coffee-like stains on back endpaper and backcover. 
Discusses their diversity of origin, different traditions and manners, and antagonistic interests explain how it is that no firm and consolidated government has been able to maintain itself in peace and serenity so long as the authority rested with one of them without the support of a foreign paramount power. Includes an Index. 
Price: 127.54 USD
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5 BRAITHWAITE, RODRIC. Afgantsy: The Russians In Afghanistan, 1979-1989.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 2011. 019983265X / 9780199832651 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It's a great story, writes Rodric Braithwaite. But it never happened. The Russian conscripts suffered badly from mismanagement and strategic errors, but they were never defeated on the battlefield, and withdrew in good order. In this brilliant, myth-busting account, Braithwaite - the former British ambassador to Moscow - challenges much of what we know about the Soviets in Afghanistan. He provides an inside look at this little-understood episode, using first-hand accounts and piercing analysis to show the war as it was fought and experienced by the Russians. The invasion, he writes, was a defensive response to a chaotic situation in the Soviets' immediate neighbor. They intended to establish a stable, friendly government, secure the major towns, and train the police and armed forces before making a rapid exit. But the mission escalated, as did casualties. In fact, the Soviet leadership decided to pull out a year before the first Stinger missile was used in combat. Braithwaite does not, of course, paint the occupation as a Russian triumph. To the contrary, he illustrates the searing effect of the brutal conflict on soldiers, their families, and the broader public, as returning veterans--the Afgansty of the title - struggled to regain their footing back home. A fine writer as well as an expert, Braithwaite carries readers through these complex and momentous events, capturing those violent and tragic days as no one has done before. Features * Author was the British Ambassador to Moscow during the conflict * Makes use of Russian sources not available in English * Draws parallels to the present-day conflict in Afghanistan "Set to be the definitive account of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, overturning several myths along the way." - The Sunday Times "A minor masterpiece." - The Observer "The author...may well have written the definitive account of this war." - The Irish Examiner "A masterful new book...that explains the tangled events leading up to the Soviet invasion and provides fresh insights into the war that followed...With America beginning its own slow retreat from Afghanistan, this is an important book." - Newsweek "The most nuanced, sympathetic, and comprehensive account yet of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan ... this book finally dispels many of the Cold War myths." - Rory Stewart, author of The Places In Between "[Braithwaite] is one of the most vivid, emotionally engaged diplomats to have turned to the pen." - Financial Times "An outstanding book ... these accounts provide a fascinating insight not only into the war but also into Soviet society." - Times Higher Education "Sir Rodric Braithwaite...has amassed a gold mine of sources for this timely study." - Sunday Telegraph Rodric Braithwaite was British ambassador in Moscow from 1988 to 1992, and is now chairman of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow School of Political Studies. He is the author of Moscow 1941 and Across the Moscow River. 
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6 COBURN, NOAH. Bazaar Politics: Power And Pottery In An Afghan Market Town.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
After the fall of the Taliban, instability reigned across Afghanistan. However, in the small town of Istalif, located a little over an hour north of Kabul and not far from Bagram on the Shomali Plain, local politics remained relatively violence-free. Bazaar Politics examines this seemingly paradoxical situation, exploring how the town's local politics maintained peace despite a long, violent history in a country dealing with a growing insurgency. At the heart of this story are the Istalifi potters, skilled craftsmen trained over generations. With workshops organized around extended families and competition between workshops strong, kinship relations become political and subtle negotiations over power and authority underscore most interactions. Starting from this microcosm, Noah Coburn then investigates power and relationships at various levels, from the potters' families; to the local officials, religious figures, and former warlords; and ultimately to the international community and NGO workers. Offering the first long-term on-the-ground study since the arrival of allied forces in 2001, Noah Coburn introduces readers to daily life in Afghanistan through portraits of local residents and stories of his own experiences. He reveals the ways in which the international community has misunderstood the forces driving local conflict and the insurgency, misunderstandings that have ultimately contributed to the political unrest rather than resolved it. Though on first blush the potters of Istalif may seem far removed from international affairs, it is only through understanding politics, power, and culture on the local level that we can then shed new light on Afghanistan's difficult search for peace. Noah Coburn has worked as a specialist for the United States Institute of Peace in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as a researcher for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Between 2006 and 2008, he spent eighteen months doing research in an Afghan village on the Shomali Plain. He holds a PhD in anthropology from Boston University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Boston University, and Skidmore College. "Soldiers and civilians deploying to Afghanistan and those writing policy papers can all profit from Coburn's work. The focus on a single village opens understanding of crucial factors about Afghanistan that need comprehension; the complexities of political power, why decisions are often difficult to achieve, the superficiality of NGO and foreign interventions, and the fictions that sustain political interactions are as enlightening as they are humbling to our theorizing. This book is worth reading."—Ronald Neumann, US Ambassador to Afghanistan 2005-2007, author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan "Coburn explores and explains a strange paradox in Afghan politics: that local communities appear to have the means to maintain stability even when the national government does not. This is the first ethnographic study published on post-2001 Afghanistan, and is highly recommended not only for those interested in Afghanistan, but those seeking a new perspective on comparative politics more generally."—Thomas Barfield, Boston University 
Price: 21.80 USD
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7 COBURN, NOAH. Bazaar Politics: Power And Pottery In An Afghan Market Town.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
After the fall of the Taliban, instability reigned across Afghanistan. However, in the small town of Istalif, located a little over an hour north of Kabul and not far from Bagram on the Shomali Plain, local politics remained relatively violence-free. Bazaar Politics examines this seemingly paradoxical situation, exploring how the town's local politics maintained peace despite a long, violent history in a country dealing with a growing insurgency. At the heart of this story are the Istalifi potters, skilled craftsmen trained over generations. With workshops organized around extended families and competition between workshops strong, kinship relations become political and subtle negotiations over power and authority underscore most interactions. Starting from this microcosm, Noah Coburn then investigates power and relationships at various levels, from the potters' families; to the local officials, religious figures, and former warlords; and ultimately to the international community and NGO workers. Offering the first long-term on-the-ground study since the arrival of allied forces in 2001, Noah Coburn introduces readers to daily life in Afghanistan through portraits of local residents and stories of his own experiences. He reveals the ways in which the international community has misunderstood the forces driving local conflict and the insurgency, misunderstandings that have ultimately contributed to the political unrest rather than resolved it. Though on first blush the potters of Istalif may seem far removed from international affairs, it is only through understanding politics, power, and culture on the local level that we can then shed new light on Afghanistan's difficult search for peace. Noah Coburn has worked as a specialist for the United States Institute of Peace in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as a researcher for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Between 2006 and 2008, he spent eighteen months doing research in an Afghan village on the Shomali Plain. He holds a PhD in anthropology from Boston University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Boston University, and Skidmore College. "Soldiers and civilians deploying to Afghanistan and those writing policy papers can all profit from Coburn's work. The focus on a single village opens understanding of crucial factors about Afghanistan that need comprehension; the complexities of political power, why decisions are often difficult to achieve, the superficiality of NGO and foreign interventions, and the fictions that sustain political interactions are as enlightening as they are humbling to our theorizing. This book is worth reading."—Ronald Neumann, US Ambassador to Afghanistan 2005-2007, author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan "Coburn explores and explains a strange paradox in Afghan politics: that local communities appear to have the means to maintain stability even when the national government does not. This is the first ethnographic study published on post-2001 Afghanistan, and is highly recommended not only for those interested in Afghanistan, but those seeking a new perspective on comparative politics more generally."—Thomas Barfield, Boston University 
Price: 66.50 USD
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8 COLL, STEVE. Ghost Wars: The Secret History Of The Cia, Afghanistan, And Bin Laden, From The Soviet Invasion To September 10, 2001.
Penguin Books, New York: 2004. 0143034669 / 9780143034667 Third Printing. s Softcover. Good condition but there is a crease in the front cover. 
To what exent did America's best intelligence analysts grasp the rising threat of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Includes an Index. "The CIA itself would be hard put to beat his grasp of global events . . . deeply satisfying." - Ahmed Rashid, The New York Review of Books 
Price: 6.89 USD
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9 CREWS, ROBERT D. Afghan Modern: The History Of A Global Nation.
Belknap Press, Cambridge: 2015. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Rugged, remote, riven by tribal rivalries and religious violence, Afghanistan seems to many a country frozen in time and forsaken by the world. Afghan Modern presents a bold challenge to these misperceptions, revealing how Afghans, over the course of their history, have engaged and connected with a wider world and come to share in our modern globalized age. Always a mobile people, Afghan travelers, traders, pilgrims, scholars, and artists have ventured abroad for centuries, their cosmopolitan sensibilities providing a compass for navigating a constantly changing world. Robert Crews traces the roots of Afghan globalism to the early modern period, when, as the subjects of sprawling empires, the residents of Kabul, Kandahar, and other urban centers forged linkages with far-flung imperial centers throughout the Middle East and Asia. Focusing on the emergence of an Afghan state out of this imperial milieu, he shows how Afghan nation-making was part of a series of global processes, refuting the usual portrayal of Afghans as pawns in the "Great Game" of European powers and of Afghanistan as a "hermit kingdom." In the twentieth century, the pace of Afghan interaction with the rest of the world dramatically increased, and many Afghan men and women came to see themselves at the center of ideological struggles that spanned the globe. Through revolution, war, and foreign occupations, Afghanistan became even more enmeshed in the global circulation of modern politics, occupying a pivotal position in the Cold War and the tumultuous decades that followed. Robert D. Crews is Associate Professor of History at Stanford University. "A comprehensive history of the country… [Crews] dispels the clichés that have attached themselves to our language and imagery of the country… Afghan Modern [is] required reading for generals, policy-makers, NGOs and journalists."—Heidi Kingstone, Standpoint "A fresh look at the Afghans that discards old legends and stereotypes and characterizes the people as tremendously mobile and cosmopolitan. Crews rejects the view of Afghanistan as 'hopelessly archaic and insular' and finds that it has been long and unfairly defined by foreign occupiers… An impressively thinking-outside-of-the-box approach to reconsidering this pivotal Asian nation and its people."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "In a remarkable achievement, Crews shows us how Afghanistan has been an integral part of imperial, international, and now global circuits of politics and culture. Clearing away tenacious stereotypes about Afghan society's domination by tribe, clan, and village, he demonstrates why recent military and humanitarian interventions based on such categories have been disastrous and why Afghan nationalism is likely to survive the violent adventurism that has marked the country's modern history."—Faisal Devji, author of Muslim Zion and The Impossible Indian "An exceptional book that, for the first time, places Afghan history on the global stage. Deeply researched and highly accessible, Afghan Modern illustrates the many ways that Afghan society has long been engaged with globalizing forces and explores how these forces shaped Afghanistan from the sixteenth century to the modern day."—Scott C. Levi, author of Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road 
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10 CRILE, GEORGE. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story Of The Largest Covert Operation In Hstory.
The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York: 2002. 0871138549 / 9780871138545 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
In little over a decade, two events have transformed the world we live in: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the new jihad. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency's history. Includes an Index. "Tom Clancy's fiction pales in comparison . . ." - Dan Rather 
Price: 46.98 USD
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11 CRILE, GEORGE. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story Of The Largest Covert Operation In Hstory.
Grove Press, New York: 0802165087 / 9780802165084 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Reading copy. 
In little over a decade, two events have transformed the world we live in: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the new jihad. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency's history. Includes an Index. "Tom Clancy's fiction pales in comparison . . ." - Dan Rather 
Price: 4.47 USD
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12 CRILE, GEORGE. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story Of The Largest Covert Operation In Hstory.
The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York: 2002. 0871138549 / 9780871138545 Eighth Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
In little over a decade, two events have transformed the world we live in: the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of militant Islam. Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the new jihad. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the Agency's history. Includes an Index. "Tom Clancy's fiction pales in comparison . . ." - Dan Rather 
Price: 22.85 USD
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13 GRAU, LESTER W. & BILLINGSLY, DODGE. Operation Anaconda: America's First Major Battle In Afghanistan.
University Press of Kansas, Lawrence: 2011. Modern War Studies Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Long before it became "Obama's War," the long-running conflict in Afghanistan was launched by President George W. Bush in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Only a few months later, Operation Anaconda sent American-led coalition forces into their most intensely brutal confrontation with Al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in the Shar-i Kot Valley near the Pakistan border. The result was an unexpected set piece of conventional fighting in what has become an era of guerrilla warfare. Drawing upon previously unavailable or neglected sources, Lester Grau and Dodge Billingsley give us the most complete and accurate account of this thirteen-day firefight waged in mountainous terrain nearly two miles above sea level. They describe how allied troops fought a fierce and well-entrenched enemy to a standstill, close to an old Soviet battlefield, and then drove them completely out of Afghanistan. Grau and Billingsley's account also highlights problems encountered in Anaconda and the lessons we should learn from their in-depth study. The Army and Air Force operated under conflicting views regarding the appropriate application of Close Air Support, and airpower both crippled and aided the overall effort. In addition, severe shortages of transport, attack helicopters, and artillery hampered the effort, while the acquisition and timely sharing of intelligence barely occurred at all and coalition relations frayed under the intense pressures of combat. As an added bonus, the authors also include with the book a documentary on DVD that features interviews with soldiers who fought in Anaconda, provides additional information concerning major phases of the battle, and presents insightful commentary by Grau and by Billingsley, who was on the ground with U.S. forces for the operation. Providing the richest description and critique of all the forces involved—including those that fought on the enemy side—the combined book-and-DVD surpasses all previous accounts of this landmark engagement and is an essential volume in the literature on our war in Afghanistan. "A gripping tale of adventure and a strong contribution to the history of Operation Enduring Freedom. Grau and Billingsley remind us that plans rarely survive the first shots in battle and that modern technology does not change the fact that war is ultimately a life or death struggle."—Hy S. Rothstein, author of Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare "This is the best narrative to date on a critical battle in our wars in Afghanistan and one that uses the latest and most detailed information available. . . . A unique, well-documented, and historically significant study."—Sean M. Maloney, author of Fighting for Afghanistan: A Rogue Historian at War LESTER W. GRAU is the research director for the Foreign Military Studies Office at the U.S. Army's Combined and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the translator and editor of several books dealing with the Soviet military experience in Afghanistan, including The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost. DODGE BILLINGSLEY, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Director of Combat Films and Research, Inc., accompanied U.S. infantry troops into the Shar-i Kot Valley during Operation Anaconda. His numerous films include Virgin Soldiers and Chechnya: Separatism or Jihad? 
Price: 37.95 USD
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14 HANIFI, SHAH MAHMOUD. Connecting Histories In Afghanistan: Market Relations And State Formation On A Colonial Frontier.
Stanford University Press, Palo Alto: 2011. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Most histories of nineteenth-century Afghanistan argue that the country remained immune to the colonialism emanating from British India because, militarily, Afghan defenders were successful in keeping out British imperial invaders. However, despite these military victories, colonial influences still made their way into Afghanistan. Looking closely at commerce in and between Kabul, Peshawar, and Qandahar, this book reveals how local Afghan nomads and Indian bankers responded to state policies on trade. British colonial political emphasis on Kabul had significant commercial consequences both for the city itself and for the cities it displaced to become the capital of the emerging Afghan state. Focused on routing between three key markets, Connecting Histories in Afghanistan challenges the overtly political tone and Orientalist bias that characterize classic colonialism and much contemporary discussion of Afghanistan. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi is Associate Professor of History at James Madison University. "Hanifi's book provides an important contribution to our historical understanding of nineteenth century Afghanistan. There is no work that has mined the colonial archives to provide such a detailed examination of the role of trade, markets, and finance in the problematic process of Afghan state-building. Given current interest in Afghanistan, the book has topicality—and it raises important questions, particularly with regard to the intersections between the history of markets and the history of colonialism, that will be of wide interest to historians."—David Gilmartin, North Carolina State University "Hanifi presents what many have erroneously thought to be a simple and straightforward story in a new light. Covering material that has been largely unexplored up to now, he ties Afghanistan's robust history into the global processes shaping the modern world. This is a highly original, innovative, and engaging work."—Benjamin D. Hopkins, George Washington University "A brilliant revisionist study that argues that the conventional view of Afghanistan as a model of resistance to colonial power is a myth and that in reality Afghanistan was from the outset a 'colonial construct' whose economic institutions, in particular its commercial and monetary policies, were determined by policies over which it had little or no control. Students of Afghan history will never approach it in quite the same way again."—Robert D. McChesney, New York University 
Price: 23.70 USD
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15 MICHAUD, ROLAND & SABRINA. Caravans To Tartary.
The Viking Press, New York: 1978. 067020384X / 9780670203840 A Studio Book. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A journey through Afghanistan - a world of camel drivers, dervishes, and troubadours - recorded eloquently in text and all-color photographs. More than a travelogue, this glorious books is a valuable record of people both civilized and barbaric, enduring - and enjoying - life in one of the world's wildest and most romantic settings. 
Price: 29.21 USD
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16 STAFF OF AFGHANISTAN-AMERICAN SUMMIT ON RECOVERY. Afghanistan: Looking Toward The Future.
Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 2002. s Softcover. Good condition. 

Price: 13.78 USD
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