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Afghanistan Predeployment Reading List

A Listmania! list by Levi Larson (MCAS Yuma Baby!!)
The list author says: "I've compiled this list based on several recommendations, other reading lists and predeployment training I have completed for Afghanistan."
The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual
1.  The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual by Sarah Sewall
The list author says:
  "Must read if deploying into COIN environment, also available for free download."
$12.19   Used & New from: $2.36
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Senator's Son: An Iraq War Novel
2.  Senator's Son: An Iraq War Novel by Luke S Larson
The list author says:
  "Twin bro's Novel on Sunni Awakening, great story about young Marines learning how to operate in COIN environment"
$10.79   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
3.  Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll
The list author says:
  "Spook history of Afghanistan"
$11.60   Used & New from: $0.07
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Bear Went Over the Mountain:  Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan
4.  The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan by Lester W. Grau
The list author says:
  "Good tactical lessons learned from Soviet experiance in Afghanistan"
$50.53   Used & New from: $8.03
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
5.  Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
The list author says:
  "Great primer on history of Taliban by subject matter expert"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time
6.  Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
$9.28   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,773 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
7.  Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John A. Nagl
$12.01   Used & New from: $0.32
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

The Kite Runner, Illustrated Edition
8.  The Kite Runner, Illustrated Edition by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "Read with my wife several years ago, relevant cultural history of Afghanistan"
$20.59   Used & New from: $0.11
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,961 customer reviews)

A Thousand Splendid Suns
9.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The list author says:
  "Another book I read with my wife several years ago, great look at women in Afghanistan culture"
$9.07   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,673 customer reviews) | 20 customer discussions

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008
10.  The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas E. Ricks
The list author says:
  "Great look at turnaround in Iraq"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Hosseini is an American propaganda machine 229 Dec 4, 2013
As A Great Speaker 7 Oct 26, 2013
type of language and content 0 Jun 24, 2013
David is dead. 1 Dec 10, 2012
Is this worthwhile if you've read his 2001 book? 0 Oct 22, 2012
Leadership 4 May 3, 2012
All a lie. He is a crook. Check out 60 min expose. 1 Apr 6, 2012
I got my 13 y/o to read THE KITE RUNNER!!! 19 Mar 30, 2012
please help i need recommendations 57 Feb 4, 2012
Does anybody know why this is no longer available in the United States? 0 Jun 26, 2011
So terribly sad... 5 May 16, 2011
Why are so many people interested in this book?! 29 Apr 21, 2011
 
   

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Last updated: 2/22/10
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