Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Top 5 Afghanistan Books

1) Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban. This book is not my favorite about Afghanistan but it is the best 'Afghanistan in 1 book' I have read.

2) The Bear Went Over The Mountain. A series of AAR type vignettes put together by the Russian Army. 

3) Charlie Wilsons War

4) The Other Side of the Mountain. A sequel to The Bear Went Over The Mountain but from the Mujaheddin perspective. 

5) Ghost Wars

I could consider the exact positioning of #1-4 but am pretty firm on the books themselves. That may of course change if I read something particularly awesome in the future.  

The Tribal Analysis Center has a lot of good stuff if you dig around a bit like Learning From History, The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan as well as their Research and External reference sections in general.  Also there is some good historic stuff on British experiences and tribal dynamics in the area.

Various honorable mentions:

Kill Bin Laden by Dalton Fury

The Kite Runner

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

Anyway that should give folks who are interested some books to consider reading.


riverrider said...

caravans by james michener. ww2 british vet, occuppied the stan in the 40's, later aa a diplomat. predicted this whole mess way back then. fantastic insight into the people/culture/history.

Ryan said...

Riverrider, I'll have to check into that. The cyclical nature of Afghan government and outside occupation paint a pretty clear picture for sure.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much, Ryan. Charlie Wilson's war I have, the rest I'll get crackin'.


Ryan said...

H, You are welcome.

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