Journalist Kathy Gannon was the first Western reporter inside Kabul after the U.S. started bombing following 9/11. This account provides a glimpse of her 18 years reporting for the AP on Pakistan and Afghanistan, and she has a detailed account of the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Normally I avoid contemporary political non-fiction. I picked this one up because the author's stepdaughter is a former roommate and close friend of mine. Once I started, however, the book captured me in entirely on its own. I am nearly done and highly recommend it to anyone who seeks a bit more understanding as to what is going on in Afghanistan and by extension, the "War on Terror." It is short, compelling, highly readable, and it leaves you sick to realize how much history can repeat itself.