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Books about Afghanistan

Recommended Books to Read
for Deployment to Afghanistan

No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan.  By Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer. The description of the Battle of Shok Valley in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.  A Special Forces team and Afghan Commandos are ambushed and fight through a day-long battle.  Read more about this book here.

The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrafice. Stories about the Human Terrain Teams (HTTs) of Afghanistan. Read more about this book here.

The Dress Maker of Khair Khana.  By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. The real-life story of a women living in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban who opens a dressmaking business in her home that employs over 100 women in her neighborhood.  Read more about this book here.

Assassin. By Duncan Falconer.  A fiction book about a Special Boat Service (SBS) operative who works in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.  Read a book review here.

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary. By Robert L. Grenier. The story of how Hamid Karzai came to power in the fall of 2001 - aided by the CIA and Special Forces. Grenier, station chief for the CIA in Pakistan at the time, played a key role in the planning and execution of the fall of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. Read a book review here.

Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World. By Christina Lamb. A journalist writes on her perspective of the war in Afghanistan. (Harper Collins, 2015). Read book reviews here.


More Books to Enjoy

Arnold, James R. Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq. Bloomsbury Press, 2010.

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

Coll, Steve. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Union to September 10, 2001. Penguin Books, 2004.

Crews, Robert D. The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan. Harvard University Press, 2009.

Crile, George. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in US History. Grove Press, 2004.

Galula, David. The Pacification of Algeria, 1956-1958. 2nd Edition. RAND Corporation, 2006.

Griffiths, John Charles. Afghanistan: Land of Conflict and Beauty. Andre Deutsch, 2009.

Guistozzi, Antonio. Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field. Columbia University Press, 2009.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Penguin Group, 2004.

Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. Penguin Group, 2007.

Jones, Seth G. In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2010.

Kilcullen, David. Counterinsurgency. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Kilcullen, David. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Maley, William. The Afghanistan Wars. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Nagl, John A. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam. University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Naylor, Sean. Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold History of Operation Anaconda. Berkley, 2007.

Rashid, Ahmed. Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. New York: Penguin Group, 2009.

Stanton, Doug. Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, 2009.

Stewart, Rory. The Places in Between. Mariner Books, 2006.

Tanner, Stephen. Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Nation. Da Capo Press, 2009.


Bibliography for Resolute Support.
Afghan War News has compiled a "Resolute Support Annotated Bibliography" for the use of ISAF staff and SFA advisors participating in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF, almost 200 pages long, and less than 3 MBs big. Easy to read online or download and it is available at the link below:
www.afghanwarnews.info/pubs/RSM-Bibliography.htm

 


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