5 books on the list
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The Last White Man
Just finished reading Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel. Thought provoking and told in the usual manner he tells his stories. Thoroughly enjoyable. – source
In Touch, Kristofer's successful restaurant closes due to the pandemic, leaving him uncertain about his memories of the past. A message from a former lover throws him into a search for answers, bringing him to London and Japan, all while the virus threatens to shut everything down. This heart-wrenching love story and absorbing mystery explores the pain and beauty of our past loves and hidden lives, rendered lyrically by acclaimed author Olaf Olafsson. Touch is a stunning tribute to the weight of history and the complexities of the human heart.
Just finished reading Olaf Olaffson’s Touch, a heart wrenching story of love, agony and redemption. A man’s quest to find something lost five decades earlier, travelling on one of the last flight to Tokyo before the world shuts down… – source
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
This riveting book unveils the story of the East India Company as it took control of Asia and ran a country with devastating consequences. At the heart of this story lies the creation of a government run by English traders who collected taxes through a private army. The company, transformed into an aggressive colonial power, ruled almost all of India south of Delhi for 47 years, leaving a painful legacy in its wake.
William Dalrymple is one the best storytellers of our time. His new book about the east India company is impossible to put down. A must read about the pillaging of a nation – source
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Steve McCurry. Afghanistan
War and GraceMagnum photographer Steve McCurry's Afghanistan retrospectiveAfghanistan is a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have always called their mountains "the land of rebellion." Yet born of such chaos, such entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking and beautiful of images. T...
The new Steve McCurry book on #Afganistan is amazing via @TASCHEN – source
Whispers of War
An Afghan Freedom Fighter’s Account of the Soviet Invasion
Whispers of War: An Afghan Freedom Fighter’s Account of the Soviet Invasion is the real-life tale of a young political leader, Masood Khalili. Son of Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, the great Afghan poet, he motivated his people and led them in their fight against the ‘Red Army’. Alongside his friend Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, Khalili traveled by foo...
An extraordinary book. It will make you laugh, cry and most importantly long for Afghanistan’s mountains. A must read – source