Kabul in Winter

Kabul in Winter

Life Without Peace in Afghanistan

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A compelling portrait of life in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban looks at a city struggling to return from the ruins of war, examining the real world of female outcasts, including cast-off wives, rape victims, runaway child brides, prostitutes, and others in a society that emphasizes the lack of rights of women. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A sharp and arresting people's-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban
Soon after the bombing of Kabul ceased, award-winning journalist and women's rights activist Ann Jones set out for the shattered city, determined to bring help where her country had brought destruction.
Here is her trenchant report from inside a city struggling to rise from the ruins. Working among the multitude of impoverished war widows, retraining Kabul's long-silenced English teachers, and investigating the city's prison for women, Jones enters a large community of female outcasts: runaway child brides, pariah prostitutes, cast-off wives, victims of rape. In the streets and markets, she hears the Afghan view of the supposed benefits brought by the fall of the Taliban, and learns that regarding women as less than human is the norm, not the aberration of one conspicuously repressive regime. Jones confronts the ways in which Afghan education, culture, and politics have repeatedly been hijacked--by Communists, Islamic fundamentalists, and the Western free marketeers--always with disastrous results. And she reveals, through small events, the big disjunctions: between U.S promises and performance, between the new "democracy" and the still-entrenched warlords, between what's boasted of and what is.
At once angry, profound, and starkly beautiful, Kabul in Winter brings alive the people and day-to-day life of a place whose future depends so much upon our own.



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A journalist specializing in women and violence, Jones went to Afghanistan after the bombing stopped from her home in downtown New York City. She recounts her experiences and observation with war widows in the streets, the prisons, and the schools of Kabul. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A sharp and arresting people’s-eye view of real life in Afghanistan after the Taliban
     Soon after the bombing of Kabul ceased, award-winning journalist and women’s rights activist Ann Jones set out for the shattered city, determined to bring help where her country had brought destruction.
     Here is her trenchant report from inside a city struggling to rise from the ruins. Working among the multitude of impoverished war widows, retraining Kabul’s long-silenced English teachers, and investigating the city’s prison for women, Jones enters a large community of female outcasts: runaway child brides, pariah prostitutes, cast-off wives, victims of rape. In the streets and markets, she hears the Afghan view of the supposed benefits brought by the fall of the Taliban, and learns that regarding women as less than human is the norm, not the aberration of one conspicuously repressive regime. Jones confronts the ways in which Afghan education, culture, and politics have repeatedly been hijacked—by Communists, Islamic fundamentalists, and the Western free marketeers—always with disastrous results. And she reveals, through small events, the big disjunctions: between U.S promises and performance, between the new “democracy” and the still-entrenched warlords, between what’s boasted of and what is.
     At once angry, profound, and starkly beautiful, Kabul in Winter brings alive the people and day-to-day life of a place whose future depends so much upon our own.



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& Taylor

Presents a portrait of life in Kabul in the wake of the Taliban, examining the real world of female outcasts, including cast-off wives, rape victims, runaway child brides, prostitutes, and others in a society that emphasizes the lack of rights of women.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805078848
0805078843
Characteristics: 321 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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A tremendous book by an excellent writer. If you're looking for an intro to Afghanistan as the U.S. winds down its occupation of the country, check out Ann Jones' KABUL IN WINTER. You'll come away understanding why the Afghan government is bound to fail. The U.S. effort from the very first days has been marked by duplicity and riven with corruption. And Jones is an eyewitness. She worked for a women's rights NGO in Kabul. She'll give you a feel for the country.

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