Come Back to Afghanistan by Said Hyder Akbar
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In what began as two episodes of NPR's This American Life, Akbar recounts his pilgrimage to his home country with precocious wisdom and insight, taking readers from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands in a revealing portrait of a country in the midst of a historic transition.
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"Honest and precociously articulate, Akbar, now 20, filters complex Afghan traditions and history through a pop-culture lens."-Entertainment Weekly
"There's no shortage of realistic detail. This is a book that leaves dust in your hair and blows sand into your teeth."-San Francisco Chronicle
"Raw, honest and unnerving, the book is a grim reminder of Afghanistan's ongoing political struggles."-USA Today
Said Hyder Akbar is currently a junior at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is also codirector and founder of his own nongovernmental organization, Wadan Afghanistan, which has rebuilt schools and constructed pipe systems in rural Kunar province. Susan Burton is a contributing editor of This American Life and a former editor at Harper's. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

Also available: HC ISBN 1-58234-520-1 ISBN-13 978-1-58234-520-8 $24.95
 

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Said Hyder Akbar is currently a junior at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He is also codirector and founder of his own nongovernmental organization, Wadan Afghanistan, which has rebuilt schools and constructed pipe systems in rural Kunar province. Susan Burton is a contributing editor of This American Life and a former editor at Harper’s. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine.
 
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 436 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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What did you do over summer vacation? Akbar spent his—actually three of them—in Kunar, Afghanistan, with his father, a repatriated Afghan who happened to be tight with President Hamid Karzai.

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Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Courtesy Said Hyder Akbar Said Hyder Akbar First Chapter: 'Come Back to Afghanistan' (December 18, 2005) "Come Back to Afghanistan" is the story of the country's reconstruction effort over the last three years, as told by Said Hyd...

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Entertainment Weekly

In June 2002, 17-year-old Said Hyder Akbar ditched his Tahoe- and Cancún-bound friends in California for a summer of dodging al-Qaeda ambushes, translating for warlords, and identifying bodies with his father, Fazel, then chief spokesman for Hamid Karzai, president of post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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