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Published internationally in July 2003 as Kabul: The Bradt Mini Guide.

First published in Kabul in September 2002 as a pamphlet.



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Here is just a list of some of the books read by the authors of The Survival Guide to Kabul and recommended by friends. The bookshop at the Intercontinental Hotel has an impressive stock. As do bookshops on Chicken and Flower Street. Bookshops in Kabul stock recent books on Afghanistan and out of date editions such as those by Nancy Hatch Dupree.


The most recent bestseller and must read on Afghanistan is:


Ahmed Rashid – Taliban: The Story of the Afghan Warlords (Pan Books, 2001)


An essential handbook with a new edition due out soon:


Afghanistan – Essential Field Guides to Humanitarian and Conflict Zones edited by Edward Girardet and Jonathan Walker. Originally published in 1998 a revised edition is due out in 2003. This is a handbook anyone visiting Afghanistan should not be without.


Look out on the streets of Kabul for:


Nancy Hatch Dupree - An Historical Guide to Afghanistan (1977)

Nancy Hatch Dupree - An Historical Guide to Kabul (1972)


Other books worth reading include:


Charles Allen - Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-West Frontier (Abacus, 2001)

Artyom Borovik - The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist’s Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan (Groove Press, 2001)

Nick Danziger - Danzigers’s Travels: Beyond Forbidden Frontiers (Flamingo, 1993)

Jason Elliot - An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan (Picador, 2000)

Martin Ewans - Afghanistan, A Short History of Its People and Politics (Perennial, 2002)

John C. Griffiths - Afghanistan, A History of Conflict (Andre Deutsch Ltd, 2001)

Peter Hopkirk - The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Peter Hopkirk - The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Kodansha America, 1994)

Robert D Kaplan - Soldiers of God: With the Mujahidin in Afghanistan (Houghton Mifflin Co, 1990)

Christina Lamb - The Sewing Circles of Heart: My Afghan Years (Harper Collins, 2002)

Eric Newby - A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Picador, 1981)

Ted Rall - To Afghanistan and Back (NBM Publishing Company, 2002)

Ahmed Rashid - Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia (Yale University Press, 2002)

Reuter’s Foreign Correspondents - Afghanistan: Lifting the Veil (Prentice Hall, 2002)

Barnett R. Rubin - The Fragmentation of Afghanistan: State Formation and Collapse in the International System (Yale University Press, 2002)

Barnett R. Rubin - The Search for peace in Afghanistan: From Buffer State to Failed State (Yale University Press, 1995)

John Simpson - News From No Man’s Land: Reporting the World (Macmillan, 2002)

Stephen Tanner - Afghanistan, A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban (Da Capo Press, 2002)

Zoya et al - Zoya’s Story: A Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Afghanistan (Review, 2003)


For a critical analysis of the work of NGOs worldwide read David Rieff’s A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (Vintage, 2002)


Books on Afghanistan from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (USA).


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