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The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher St Martins Pr
Publication date January 26, 2016
Pages 325
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781250049933
ISBN-10 1250049938
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $26.99 says people who bought this book also bought:
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Under the protection of foreign forces, a special place has flourished in Afghanistan. The Marefat School is an award-winning institution in the western slums of Kabul, built by one of the country’s most vulnerable minorities, the Hazara. Marefat educates both girls and boys; it teaches students to embrace the arts, criticize their leaders, interrogate their religion, and be active citizens in a rapidly changing country. But they are dependent on foreign forces for security. When the United States begins to withdraw from Afghanistan, they are left behind, unprotected.

Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey E. Stern explores the stakes of war through the eyes of those touched by Marefat: the school’s daring founder and leader, Aziz Royesh; a mother of five who finds freedom in literacy; a clever mechanic; a self-taught astronomer; the school’s security director; and several intrepid students who carry Marefat’s mission to the streets.

We see how Marefat has embraced the United States and blossomed under its presence---and how much it stands to lose as that protection disappears.

The Last Thousand tells the story of what we leave behind when our foreign wars end. It shows us up close the promise, as well as the peril, of our military adventures abroad. Stern presents a nuanced and fascinating portrait of the complex history of Afghanistan, its American occupation, and the ways in which once community rallies together in compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring detail.

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9781250049933 | details & prices | 325 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $26.99
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Reprint edition from Picador USA (March 7, 2017)
9781250116437 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $16.00
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