Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Nov 8, 2011 - History - 368 pages
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When veteran reporter Fariba Nawa returned home to Afghanistan—the nation she had fled as a child with her family during the Soviet invasion nearly twenty years earlier—she discovered a fractured country transformed by a multibillion-dollar drug trade. In Opium Nation, Nawa deftly illuminates the changes that have overtaken Afghanistan after decades of unbroken war. Sharing remarkable stories of poppy farmers, corrupt officials, expats, drug lords, and addicts, including her haunting encounter with a twelve-year-old child bride who was bartered to pay off her father’s opium debts, Nawa offers a revealing and provocative narrative of a homecoming more difficult than she ever imagined as she courageously explores her own Afghan American identity and unveils a startling portrait of a land in turmoil.

  

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Review: Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

User Review  - Tonya Burrows - Goodreads

Lots of great information on Afghanistan--the people, culture, history--but not quite what I had been hoping for when I picked up the book. Wanted more info on the drug trade and child brides and a ... Read full review

Review: Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

User Review  - Rachael Cain - Goodreads

Really great, if a little heavy on dates and background histories. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
Chapter Two Four Decades of Unrest
Chapter Three A Struggle for Coherency
Chapter Five Meeting Darya
Chapter Seven The Opium Bride
Chapter Nine Where the Poppies Bloom
Chapter Eleven My Mothers Kabul
Chapter Thirteen Adventures in Karte Parwan
Chapter Fifteen Uprisings Against Warlords
Chapter Seventeen In Search of Darya
Chapter Nineteen Letting
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Fariba Nawa has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsday, and the Village Voice. She has been a guest on CBS’s 48 Hours as well as numerous other television and radio shows on NPR, the BBC, MTV, and NBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

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