Come Back to Afghanistan

Come Back to Afghanistan

A California Teenager's Story

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
The author describes his experiences as he traveled to Afghanistan with his father, who was the spokesman for President Hamid Karzai and then became the governor of Kunar.

McMillan Palgrave
The intimate and riveting chronicle of an extraordinarily courageous Afghan-American teenager coming of age in post-9/11 Afghanistan.

Building on two acclaimed radio documentaries aired on This American Life, Hyder Akbar tells how his ordinary suburban California life was turned upside-down after 9/11. Hyder’s father, a scion of an Afghan political family, sold his business—a hip-hop clothing store in Oakland—and left for Afghanistan, where he became President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman and later, the governor of Kunar, a rural province. Obsessed since youth with a country he had never even visited, seventeen-year-old Hyder convinced his father to let him join him on three successive summers. Working alongside his father at the presidential palace and in Kunar has given Hyder a rare front-row seat at the creation of democratic government in Afghanistan. In Come Back to Afghanistan, Hyder interweaves his personal journey—a teenager struggling with his identity in his parents’ homeland—with a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of political and civilian life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Uncommonly wise and insightful, Hyder travels from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands, revealing Afghanistan as readers have never seen or understood it before.


Holtzbrinck

The intimate and riveting chronicle of an extraordinarily courageous Afghan-American teenager coming of age in post-9/11 Afghanistan.

Building on two acclaimed radio documentaries aired on This American Life, Hyder Akbar tells how his ordinary suburban California life was turned upside-down after 9/11. Hyder's father, a scion of an Afghan political family, sold his business—a hip-hop clothing store in Oakland—and left for Afghanistan, where he became President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman and later, the governor of Kunar, a rural province. Obsessed since youth with a country he had never even visited, seventeen-year-old Hyder convinced his father to let him join him on three successive summers. Working alongside his father at the presidential palace and in Kunar has given Hyder a rare front-row seat at the creation of democratic government in Afghanistan. In Come Back to Afghanistan, Hyder interweaves his personal journey—a teenager struggling with his identity in his parents' homeland—with a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of political and civilian life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Uncommonly wise and insightful, Hyder travels from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands, revealing Afghanistan as readers have never seen or understood it before.



Blackwell North Amer
Said Hyder Akbar was living an ordinary suburban life in California when the shocking events of September 11, 2001, turned his world upside down. After the fall of the Taliban, Hyder's father, a scion of an Afghan political family, sold his business - a hip-hop clothing store in Oakland - and left for Afghanistan, where he became President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman. Obsessed since youth with a country he had never even visited, seventeen-year-old Hyder convinced his father to let him join him during three successive summer vacations. In Afghanistan, Hyder witnessed a scarred country at a time of radical change, its hope for the future marred by blood feuds, poverty, and divided loyalties.
Working alongside his father in the presidential palace gave Hyder a front-row seat at the creation of Afghanistan's first post-Taliban government. Later, Hyder's father was appointed the governor of Kunar, a volatile province that borders Pakistan. There, Hyder observed a world few Americans get to see, at one point serving as a translator at the secret U.S. military interrogation of a suspected terrorist who later died in custody.
Throughout his travels in Afghanistan, Hyder carried a minidisc recorder; he kept it rolling even as he ducked for cover on the floor of a U.S. military Humvee during a twenty-minute ambush. His radio documentaries, which aired on This American Life, have garnered several awards, including an Overseas Press Club citation. The immediacy of these recordings is captured in this extraordinary book, in which Hyder interweaves his personal journey - a teenager struggling with his identity in his parents' homeland - with a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of political and civilian life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Uncommonly wise and insightful, Hyder journeys from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands, revealing Afghanistan as we have never seen or understood it before.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781582345208
1582345201
Branch Call Number: 958.1 AKB
Characteristics: xi, 339 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Burton, Susan 1973-

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

foomonkey Nov 19, 2011

Amazing book. See Afghanistan through the eyes of an American teenager.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at ELPL

  Loading...
Powered by BiblioCommons.
BiblioCore: app20 Version 5.0.3 Last updated 2017/11/16 13:00
[]
[]
To Top