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Come back to Afghanistan; a California teenager's story

Akbar, Said Hyder and Susan Burton

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ISBN 10: 1582345201 / ISBN 13: 9781582345208
Published by Bloomsbury, New York, 2005
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xi+339p., map, fine first US edition in dj, signed by author Akbar. The author's father sold his Hip-Hop clothing store in Oakland after 9/11 and returned to Afghanistan to become President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman. Said visited over three consecutive summers recording his travels on a minidisc recorder which aired on This American Life. Bookseller Inventory # 111678

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Title: Come back to Afghanistan; a California ...

Publisher: Bloomsbury, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The intimate and riveting chronicle of an extraordinarily courageous Afghan-American teenager coming of age in post-9/11 Afghanistan.

Building on two acclaimed radio documentaries aired on This American Life, Hyder Akbar tells how his ordinary suburban California life was turned upside-down after 9/11. Hyder's father, a scion of an Afghan political family, sold his business―a hip-hop clothing store in Oakland―and left for Afghanistan, where he became President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman and later, the governor of Kunar, a rural province. Obsessed since youth with a country he had never even visited, seventeen-year-old Hyder convinced his father to let him join him on three successive summers. Working alongside his father at the presidential palace and in Kunar has given Hyder a rare front-row seat at the creation of democratic government in Afghanistan. In Come Back to Afghanistan, Hyder interweaves his personal journey―a teenager struggling with his identity in his parents' homeland―with a dramatic behind-the-scenes account of political and civilian life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Uncommonly wise and insightful, Hyder travels from palaces to prisons and from Kabul to the borderlands, revealing Afghanistan as readers have never seen or understood it before.

About the Author:

Said Hyder Akbar is currently a college student. He is also the co-director and founder of his own non-governmental organization, Wadan Afghanistan, which has rebuilt schools and constructed pipe systems in rural Kunar province. He is now twenty.

Susan Burton is a contributing editor of This American Life, and a former editor at Harper's. Her writing appears in the New York Times Magazine.

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