Military officers' Afghanistan reading list

Here is a sample of materials field-grade officers are encouraged to read before deploying to Afghanistan. (Full list available at www.fcw.com/bookmarks)

"Afghanistan 101" – Ehsan Entezar

"Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia "– Ahmed Rashid

"MCIA Afghanistan Cultural Field Guide" – Marine Corps Intelligence Activity

"Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia" – Ahmed Rashid

"Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time" – Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

"Twenty–Eight Articles: Fundamentals of Company Level Counterinsurgency" – Dr. David Kilcullen

 

Additional reading:

"Culture and Customs of Afghanistan" – Hafizullah Emadi

"Flashman: A Novel" – George MacDonald Fraser

"Ghost Wars" – Steve Coll

"Imperial Hubris" – Michael Scheuer

"Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia" – Ahmed Rashid

"The Kite Runner" – Khaled Hosseini

"The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan" – Ben Macintyre

"The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History" – Peter Bergen

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" – Khaled Hosseini

"Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America" – Michael Scheuer

Source: U.S. Combined Arms Center

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