The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion-a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following.
Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.
 

About Rory Stewart

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Rory Stewart is a member of the British Parliament and the former Ryan Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School. Gerald Knaus, founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative, is a Carr Center Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School.
 
Published February 1, 2007 by Mariner Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Young Adult, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Just after the fall of the Taliban, a doughty Scot walks across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul, observing, studying, starving, freezing, encountering poverty, cruelty, ignorance, generosity, warmth and terror.

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The New York Times

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Babur's 16th-century autobiography, the "Baburnama," is among the books Stewart packs, and "The Places in Between" details the haunting continuities between Babur's meticulous impressions and what Stewart experiences.

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The Guardian

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The heart goes out of Macintyre's narrative after Harlan's ejection by the British, and the prose thins after Macintyre passes beyond Harlan's memoirs (unpublished after Harlan's first book vilified the British empire).

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On the neck of the tower, in Persian blue tiles the colour of an Afghan winter sky, were the words: "Ghiyassudin Muhammad Ibn Sam, King of Kings..."

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BC Books

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A few weeks after Afghanistan’s Taliban government fell in December, 2001, a Scotsman named Rory Stewart walks into the new government’s Foreign Ministry office.

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BC Books

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As Stewart seeks to set off from Herat in western Afghanistan, the new government insists he go only as far as a provincial capital about halfway between Herat and Kabul.

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