|by Rory Stewart
One of New York Times Ten Best Books of 2006.
". . . a striding, glorious book . . . a flat-out masterpiece . . . The Places In Between is, in very nearly every sense, too good to be true."
--The New York Times Book Review
In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan -- surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. Along the way Stewart met heroes and rogues, tribal elders and teenage soldiers, Taliban commanders and foreign-aid workers. He was also adopted by an unexpected companion -- a retired fighting mastiff he named Babur in honor of Afghanistan's first Mughal emperor, in whose footsteps the pair was following.
The Prince of the Marshes
And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
In August 2003, at the age of
thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A
Farsi-speaking British diplomat, he spent the next eleven months negotiating hostage releases, holding elections, and splicing together some semblance of an infrastructure for a population of millions teetering on the brink of civil war.
The Prince of the Marshes tells the story of Stewart's year.
Rory Stewart has launched a project called Turquoise Mountain, which is investing in the regeneration of the historic commercial centre of Kabul, providing basic services, saving historic buildings and constructing a new bazaar and galleries for traditional craft businesses.