The Gem Hunter: True Adventures of an American in Afghanistan

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GeoVision, Inc., 2004 - Travel - 505 pages
This is the story of one man's endeavor to discover precious gems and to lead a life filled with loyal friends and extraordinary adventures. He finds it all in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan but not without risking his life. In this book Gary W. Bowersox spins his tales of thirty two years of discovery both introspective and worldwide. Along the way he encounters danger and intrigue as he builds lasting friendships. He has traded gems and stories with Afghan miners, ethnic peoples, freedom fighters, government officials, scientist, and on a few occasions, international spies.
 

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Turning a bend on the treacherous Afghan one lane mountain road, our driver lays on the horn warning the oncoming traffic of our presence. As we entered a small village, loud voices, with arms waving, called out with jubilation, Mr. Gary, Mr. Gary! "He is the 'beloved' of Panjsher Valley, I thought". As the large croud gathered around with outstreached arms to shake his hand.
At times during one's life journey a person travels far from home to "find himself". Joseph Campbell writes about this "hero's journey". Documenting the Bowersox expedition was this priviledged time for me. The Afghan people greeted me with respect and flooded me with their gift of hospitality. The dining room was a time of animated, jovial, conversation. The Afghan people have a wonderful sense of humor. One evening our hostess Zia, the mother-in-law of fallen hero Massoud, was the target of this humor. Her husband, returning from the front and acknowledging the presence of guests, he tried to embarrass her by sitting on her lap and trying to spoon feed her the yogurt. Laughter abounded as she moved away from him.
The Gem Hunter is a must read book. Taken from the daily journal of Gary Bowersox, The Gem Hunter is 25 years plus of adventure, intrigue, with personal insight on the past history of Central Asia.
The Afghan people considered me a "gift from God". They were prepared to take a bullet for me. I am ever
thankful for their wonderful gift. Beverly Bevington
 

Contents

Young Man Seeking
1
Danger in Kabul
31
Lapis Lazuli
46
Letter from Dehzad
60
Into The Lions Den
87
Ahmed Shah Massoud
100
Emerald Hunting in PanjsherValley
123
Chapter 9Gem Symposiums
149
The Lost MineKuhiLal
237
Rise of the Taliban Seekers After Truth
281
Political Hurdles and Roadblocks
295
The Lion of Panjsher
310
The War Years
337
Epilogue
361
Afghan News as Reported by Mr Gary 124977602
370
Glossary
404

Chapter 10A Field Trip to The Land of Light
163
Nancy Dupree Report
177
Ruby Hunting at Jegdalek
195
A Trip to the Lapis Mines
217

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