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A Land Without Time

A Peace Corps Volunteer In Afghanistan

By John Sumser

Since 9/II, the American appetite for information on Afghanistan has surged. The bulk of this information has come from the media, Afghan Scholars or from the Afghans themselves. For the first time, the story of Afghanistan prior to, and during, the communist coup of 1979 is told from the perspective of an American working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan. The story begins with Peace Corps recruitment and training in the United States, then follows a group of young men and women to Afghanistan where they must learn to adapt to exotic food, mysterious customs and primitive hygiene. Then, as they begin to assimilate and feel confortable in their harsh suroundings, a military coup leads to the arrest of the author, who is accused of being an American spy and beaten in an effort to make him reveal secrets he doesn't have. Eventually, the author is extricated from prison as a new communist regime solidifies its hold on Afghanistan after centuries of Islamic dominance. Thus the chain of events leading to 9/II is set in motion. Only a handful of foreigners lived in Afghanistan when destabilization began in the late seventies and, of this handful, none has attempted to document the counry's transition from its centuries-old status-quo to a factory for global insurgency. No other book about Afghanistan offers such a humane, sometimes humorous, and significant insight into a culture on the verge of single-handedly launching a new age of terrorism.

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Format: Book
Author: Sumser, John
Title: A land without time : a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan / John Sumser.
Publisher Date: Chicago : Academy Chicago Publishers, c2006.
Subject: Sumser, John Peace Corps (U.S.) -- Biography. Afghanistan -- Description and travel Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Isbn: 0897335430 9780897335430
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Format: Book
Author: Sumser, John
Title: A land without time : a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan / John Sumser.
Publisher, Date: Chicago : Academy Chicago Publishers, c2006.
Description: x, 205 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Sumser, John
Subjects: Peace Corps (U.S.) -- Biography.
Subjects: Afghanistan -- Description and travel
Subjects: Afghanistan -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
ISBN: 0897335430
ISBN: 9780897335430
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 958.1045 Sum