Games without rules: The Often-Interrupted History of Afghanistan by Tamim Ansary (Paperback, 2014)
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- DescriptionThe 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, t 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 t 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 t 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.
- Author BiographyTamim Ansary is the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes and West of Kabul, East of New York, among other books. For ten years he wrote a monthly column for Encarta.com, and has published essays and commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Edutopia, Parade, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. Born in Afghanistan in 1948, he moved to the U.S. in 1964. He lives in San Francisco, where he is director of the San Francisco Writers Workshop.
- Author(s)Tamim Ansary
- PublisherThe Perseus Books Group
- Date of Publication20/03/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Note8 maps
- Weight485 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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