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Games Without Rules

March 12, 2013

ImageIn his latest book, Games Without Rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan, author Tamim Ansary brings us an enlightening, accessible history of modern Afghanistan, showing how Great Power conflicts have interrupted its ongoing internal struggle to take form as a nation. Ansary draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out, and to illuminate the long struggle that the outside world has never fully understood.

“A breezy, accessible overview of centuries of messy Afghan history, including the present military quagmire.” – Kirkus Review

“Ansary… offers an illuminating history of the country, providing not only a chronology but a deep cultural analysis that allows outsiders a comprehensive picture of Afghan mores and practices. This insider’s perspective fills large gaps in contemporary outsiders’ understandings of why these powers have failed and hopefully points the way towards forms of international cooperation that will work for Afghanistan rather than against it. Ansary has a gift for using informal language to illustrate his points in a way that doesn’t compromise the legitimacy of his narrative. His ability to contextualize the history and situate it in culture, as well as to remind readers of when to keep track of important figures (sometimes for decades) is refreshing. Ansary has produced an invaluable resource to those curious about this tumultuous region.” – Publishers Weekly

Read NPR’s interview with Tamim Ansary about Games Without Rules here and find out more about Mr. Ansary and his writing here.

Games Without Rules is available now from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your local indie bookstore.

– Kate Brauning

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