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Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Public Affairs
Publication date March 4, 2014
Pages 397
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781610393195
ISBN-10 1610393198
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
Summaries and Reviews
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The history of modern Afghanistan is an epic drama, a thriller, a tragedy, a surreal farce. Every forty years or so, over the last two centuries, some great global power has attempted to take control of Afghanistan, only to slink away wounded and bewildered. Games without Rules recounts this strange story, not from the outside looking in, as is usually the case, but from the inside looking out. Here, the interventions and invasions by foreign powers are not the main event. They are interruptions of the main event, for Afghans have a story of their own, quite apart from all the invasions (a story often interrupted by invasions!)

Drawing on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources, Tamim Ansary weaves an epic story that moves from a universe of village republics—the old Afghanistan—through a tumultuous drama of tribes, factions, and forces, to the current struggle. The drama involves a dazzling array of colorful characters—such as the towering warrior-poet Ahmad Shah, who founded the country; the wily spider-king Dost Mohammed the Great, who told the British “I am like a wooden spoon; you can toss me about, but I will not be broken”; and the late nineteenth-century “Iron Amir,” who said a telescope would interest him only if it could shoot bullets, since what use had he for the moon?

A compelling narrative told in an accessible, conversational style, Games without Rules offers revelatory insight into a country long at the center of international debate, but never fully understood by the outside world.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781610390941
 
from Public Affairs (November 27, 2012); titled "Games without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan"
9781610390941 | details & prices | 397 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $27.99
About: Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781610393195
 
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from Public Affairs (March 4, 2014)
9781610393195 | details & prices | 397 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.99
About: The history of modern Afghanistan is an epic drama, a thriller, a tragedy, a surreal farce.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781470846305
 
Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (November 27, 2012)
9781470846305 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $32.95
About: [*Read by the author - Tamim Ansary] Today, most Westerners still see the war in Afghanistan as a contest between democracy and Islamist fanaticism.

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