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AThousand Golden Cities: 2500 Years of the Finest Writing on Afghanistan

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A captivating blend of history, geography, religion, culture, politics, poetry, drama and memoirMarozzi is a prolific journalist and author of bestselling books including TAMERLANE and BAGHDADPart of the landmark anthology series.Justin Marozzi has spent most of his professional life living and working in the Muslim world. A former Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World and the Ondaatje Prize-winning Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, which was praised by the judges as 'a truly monumental achievement'.In the Western mind, Afghanistan has come to mean many things in recent decades, most of them bad. Partly thanks to the relentless media coverage of the "War on Terror", it has become synonymous above all with war and terrorism - from the Taliban to Al Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State - crushing levels of poverty and immiseration. In ways which would have been familiar to both Herodotus in the fourth century BC and Ibn Khaldun in the fourteenth AD, it has also come to represent the latest testing ground for imperial hubris and overexpansion, another tomb in the "graveyard of empires". This is an extraordinarily reductive and one-dimensional portrait of a nation. Afghanistan is, and always has been, vastly more interesting than that. Its long and tumultuous history at the centre of the world, at the heart of cultural exchanges between East and West, encompasses high culture, low politics, domestic dynasties, international adventures, Great Power rivalry and a completely compelling vein of skulduggery. This anthology will celebrate this rich, engrossing heritage with a captivating blend of history and geography, religion and culture, politics and poetry, drama and memoir, home-grown fiction and the self-serving literature of invaders. It will celebrate Afghan voices as much as those of foreigners who, for better or worse, have been bewitched by this staggeringly beautiful mountain kingdom.An anthology celebrating the rich and captivating history, culture and politics of Afghanistan.PRAISE FOR THE ARAB CONQUESTS: 'Thoroughly good fun... the narration moves swiftly but gracefully from episode to episode.'OTHER REVIEWS: 'This book delivers drama through sublime writing, but mainly through marvellous images... as sharp as the Arabian desert in the midday sun.' Gerard DeGroot, The Times An excellent prelude to Marozzi's previous books.'

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Title: AThousand Golden Cities: 2500 Years of the Finest Writing on Afghanistan
Author: Justin Marozzi
SKU: BK0494974
EAN: 9781803285351
Language: eng

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Justin Marozzi has spent most of his professional life living and working in the Muslim world. A former Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World and the Ondaatje Prize-winning Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, which was praised by the judges as 'a truly monumental achievement'.

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