Rory Stewart is a Scottsman who walked across Afghanistan shortly after the US invasion in 2002. I listened to the audio version, which he reads himself. Like The Kite Runner, another excellent book about Afghanistan, this book is best in audio because he pronounces all those words that I would be clueless about if reading the book.
This is really not even a mini-review except that I want to say that he provides a unique perspective on the country and its people. I never realized that Muslims consider dogs unclean! This just illustrates the huge cultural gap between these people and the West. I could not help but wish we had just stayed away.
Rory has a new book out called The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq . He describes his year as a part of the provisional government in Iraq. I am probably going to discuss this book on the next Books and Ideas Podcast.
Please note that the schedule for Books and Ideas has been reduced from twice a month to what I hope will be once a month. This is because I am unable to keep up with putting out a podcast every week. I intend to continue putting out the Brain Science Podcast twice a month.