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88 Days to Kandahar, a CIA Diary

By Grenier, Robert

New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015. Book. Illus. by 14 pages of Afghan/ Pakistan photos. As New. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. A splendid memoir by a brilliant CIA field officer of the days following the 9/11 attacks, and the CIA / U.S. military actions, including covert negotiations with the Taliban. An insider report on a hectic, decisive moment in American reaction to terrorist attacks on our land. .

$5.00

The Art of Intelligence Lessons, from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Serivice

By Crumpton, Henry A.

New York: Penguin Press, 2012. Book. As New. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A fine, unread copy in a fine dust jacket. By one of the heroes of the clandestine branch of the CIA. He designed the defeat of the Taliban immediately after 9/11, pushing the remnants out of Afghanistan and back into North Waziristan in Pakistan. This book is a memoir of his career before that signal achievement. Hank is a great American, and his is a riveting story..

$9.00

Caravans to Tartary

By Michaud, Roland and Sabrina

New York and London: Thames and Hudson, 1985. Book. Illus. by 81 Photos, 76 in Color, Map. Fine. Soft cover. First Paperback Ed.. Oblong 4 to. Fine photographic covers by these renowned travel photographers. Very clean and tight inside, with no prior owner marks. Landscapes and people of the Wakkan valley in the Pamir Mountains where Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China and Central Asia rub shoulders. A second trip is along the south bank of the Amu Darya River, the former Kingdom of Bactria, and the border between Afghanistan and Turkistan (formerly when this book was written, the USSR)..

$19.00

Descent Into Chaos

By Rashid, Ahmed

New York: Viking, 2008. Book. Near Fine. Cloth. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Another terrific book by the Pakistani journalist, examining the mess in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Pages 484 with index and a lengthy.suggested reading list. No wear, as new inside and out except the prior owner turned down a few page corners. With a fine dustjacket that is NOT price clipped. No prior owner signature or marks..

$9.00

Osama Bin Laden

By Scheuer, Michael

Oxford: Oxford Univ Press, 2011. Book. Fine. Soft cover. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Paperback with a new preface. As new, signed by the author.

$15.00

Descent Into Chaos

By Rashid, Ahmed

New York: Viking, 2008. Book. Fine. Cloth. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Another terrific book by the Pakistani journalist, examining the mess in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Pages 484 with index and a lengthy.suggested reading list. No wear, as new inside and out, with a fine dustjacket that is NOT price clipped..

$14.00

Deadly Embrace - Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad
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Deadly Embrace - Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

By Riedel, Bruce

Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2011. Book. Fine. Cloth. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A former CIA analyst, converted to policy advisor in the Clinton administration, and leader of a review of Afghanistan policy during the Obama struggles. Bright, thoughtful, and well written. A fine copy..

$20.00

Roads and Rivals, the Political Uses of Access in the Borderlands of Asia

By Ispahani, Mahnaz Z.

Ithaca and London: Cornell Univ Press, 1989. Book. Illus. by 12 Maps, Photo on Dustjacket. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Obviously inspired by the USSR access into Afghanistan , and the difficulty after the invasion to contral roads. The importance of the Korakoram highway to the China-Pakistan alliance. A VERY INTERESTING study. Fine copy, in fine dustjacket that is NOT price-clipped..

$18.00

The Khaarijee, a Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul
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The Khaarijee, a Chronicle of Friendship and War in Kabul

By Garcia, J. Malcolm

Boston: Beacon Press, 2009. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Stated First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A street smart, not very experienced journalist is entranced by Afghanistan's struggles, and its street boys in Kabul. He trys to help. Eventually he gains wisdom, and returns again and again. Pages 228. If it were a novel, it would be titled, "The American Innocent", but it is a very good read..

$15.00

Jihad, the Rise of Militant Islan in Central Asia

By Rashid, Ahmed

New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 2000. Book. As New. Cloth. 4th Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. An excellent and cogent exploration of why militant Islam has become such a danger in this region. The author is a fine, Pakistani journalist who is more than a little worried about the spill over into Pakistan. Pages 281 with index, glossary and chapter notes..

$18.00

The Punishment of Virtue, Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban
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The Punishment of Virtue, Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

By Chayes, Sarah

New York: Penquin Press, 2006. Book. Illus. by 14 Pages Photo Plates. Fine. Hardcover. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. An intrepid reporter who stayed on in Afghanistan after the Taliban were thrown out in 2001. She joined an NGO, Afghans for Civil Society, and soon found herself in conflict with warlords. A really excellent read for understanding the complexities NOW , in trying to put Afghanistan back together. Pages 386 with index and chapter notes. This copy has a black line on the bottom edge, denoting it a remainder..

$13.00

A Brief History of Afghanistan
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A Brief History of Afghanistan

By Wahab, Shaista and Barry Youngerman

New York: Facts on File, 2007. Book. Illus. by 5 Maps and Some Photos. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Shaista Wahab is in charge of the famous Univ of Nebraska library collection on Afghanistan, the largest in the U.S. She is superbly equipped to provide this excellent history, up to 2005. Pages 308 including index, suggested reading, bibliography and an appendix of basic facts. An excellent, and readable, resource..

$15.00

Pakistan, Eye of the Storm
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Pakistan, Eye of the Storm

By Jones, Owen Bennett

New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 2002. Book. Illus. by 22 Photos and 4 Maps. Fine. Hardcover. First Printing. The best single book on Pakistan, authored by a British journalist who is prescient of Pakistan's current crisis, and the underlying faults of the political class and its long rivalry with Pakistan's milititary. Very readable. Pages xx, 328 with chapter notes and index. Recommended. Dustjacket protected in a mylar, clear sleeve..

$25.00

Turmoil and Tragedy in India, 1914 and After

By MacMunn, Sir George

London: Jarrolds, 1935. Book. Illus. by 32 Pages Photos. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 8 Vo. A splendid copy of a scarce book, in very good black cloth with very slight edgewear, and bright gilt title on the unfaded spine. Protected in a clear, mylar dustjacket. Inside, very clean and tight with no prior owner marks, no foxing or stains. MacMunn was a successful General in the Raj in India, and later an author of books on India. Here he covers the two decades after WW One as pressures increase toward Indian Independence. Well written, albeit from the viewpoint of the colonial Raj. Pages 294 with index, plus 9 pages publisher's ads. The book includes the beginnings of Hindu-Moslem riots, and tribal disturbances in Waziristan (now the center of al-Qaeda and Taliban radical Islamists along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border)..

$89.00

The Problem of the North-West Frontier 1890-1908

By Davies, C. Collin

London: Curzon Press, 1975. Book. Illus. by 2 Folding Maps, 2 Tables. Near Fine. Cloth. 2nd Edition. 8 Vo. "With a Survey of Policy Since 1849". This second edition is revised and enlarged, a splendid study of Russian -British rivalry ("the Great Game") in Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent, centered on the still troublesome border between what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan. The tribes there were never subdued by the British, and have never been eager to be a part of Pakistan. Pages xviii, 220 with index..

$75.00

The Travels of Marco Polo (the Venetian)

By Komroff, Manuel (editor)

Garden City Publ, 1930. Book. Near Fine. Cloth. First U.S. EDITION. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. A fine. 32 page introduction by Komroff. Charming illustrations by Witold Gordon. Pages xxxii,370 with index. Dustjacket has some edgewear. Clean and tight inside. Uncommon to still have its dustjacket after 80 plus years..

$18.00

An Afghanistan Picture Show
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An Afghanistan Picture Show

By Vollmann, William T

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1992. Book. Fine. Cloth. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. As good a personal account of Afghanistan as has been written by an American traveler, written early in the Soviet occupation of that suffering people. Signed by the author on the title page. He learned quite a lot, and you will through him..

$48.00

Afghanistan's Endless War
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Afghanistan's Endless War

By Goodson, Larry P

Seattle: Univ of Washington Press, 2001. Book. Illus. by A Few Maps. Fine. Cloth. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Subtitled, "State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban". Pages xvi, 264 with index. The author did some serious field research in Afghanistan, and published this about the time the U.S. deposed the Taliban. But his central question - can the country be put back together - remains valid..

$8.00