02 August 2006

Land Beyond the River

Just finishing Land Beyond the River by Monica Whitlock. It's a very brief history of western Tajikistan, eastern Uzbekistan, and northern Afghanistan. Whitlock lived in Central Asia as a correspondent with the BBC; her writing is pleasant to read and informative as a reporter's should be.

This is an important book because it doesn't starkly divide Afghanistan from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It's also a nice mix of history and personal accounts of people, especially Muhammadjan Hindustani about whom I'd like to learn more. Recommended for people with an interest in the area, or who would like a little more background about the region and influences around Afghanistan.

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