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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.
Awesome book! The human dynamics of the war in Afghanistan.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not an overview but repetitious descriptions of people and places important to the author.Published 7 months ago by redslipper
This book is a must read if you've an interest in visiting/working/aiding Afghanistan. Ms. Nawa is an amazing and brave journalist who interweaves the opium politics of the region... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lakhta Hamed
I have no doubt, given the present status of journalism today and the blurbs that I've read on this website, that the reporting and content of this book is genuine and even... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. J. Mcghee
This author spent too much time blaming the US for all of Afghanistan's problems. The book dragged in several places, and the "child bride" of the cover photo gets short... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amy
This book was interesting and enlightening, but it really didn't have what I was looking for. Wanted more details, etc.Published on November 23, 2013 by Just Me
Well written by this woman who once lived in this Country and left her heart there. I feel for her. Only she could have written this epic tale of greed and corruption. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Kauai
Nawa gave the same opium information over and over, chapter after chapter. It seemed like she just wanted to have a lot of words, wasted words at that, to fill up space. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by N. Ross