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The Places in Between

The Places in Between is about Rory Stewart(Author) who travels across Afghanistan only walking on foot. It is a great narrative because Rory shares his experiences in the different villages he visited and the different people he met. It was interesting to read about how people live in small villages and how the war has affected the lives in Afghanistan.

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jpk0007 - 0 points - 3 months ago
Well, I am sure this must be an interesting book and i will definitely check it out very soon. I love to travel throughout the World and I like to read books related to travel. Afghanistan is certainly a very beautiful place which unfortunately has been caught in the power struggle of the powerful nations of the World. It is a war-ravaged nation with people who are very resilient and strong-willed. The travel of the author on foot through this place will surely be full of interesting facts and stories of the people who still continue to fight all the odds in order to survive.
dullian - 1 point - 3 months ago
Well, I can imagine the impact the author's experience had on him that it led him to write a book. It sounds like the books is able to give an intimate vision of the real situation there, although I'd say that Afghanistan has seen some changes throughout its history, so I'm curious about what period exactly the book covers.
jeffreyjose48 - 0 points - 3 months ago
I believe that this is a very interesting true to life book. I am thankful for Rory Stewart for sharing his experiences in visiting villages. Its good that he is the eyes and the ears for all of us. We may not go to Afghanistan but through this book it is just like going to that place.
menchuuy58 - 0 points - 3 months ago
I think this book is very interesting and heart rending. Rory Stewart's first book, "The Places in Between," recounts his journey across Afghanistan in January 2002. Even in mild weather in an Abrams tank, such a trip would be mane-whitening. But Stewart goes in the middle of winter, crossing through some territory still shakily held by the Taliban — and entirely on foot. There are some Medusa-slayingly gutsy travel writers out there — Redmond O'Hanlon, Jeffrey Tayler, Robert Young Pelton — but Stewart makes them look like Hilton sisters.
achikeziah - 0 points - 3 months ago
I believe that reading this story will open our eyes to the difficulty to live in a place where there is war. Paul Theroux once described a certain kind of travel book as having mainly "human sacrifice" allure, and how closes Stewart comes to being killed on his journey won't be disclosed here. He is, however, sternly warned before he begins his walk. "You are the first tourist in Afghanistan," observes an Afghan from the country's recently resurrected Security Service. "It is mid-winter," he adds. "There are three meters of snow on the high passes, there are wolves, and this is a war. You will die, I can guarantee." For perhaps the first time in the history of travel writing, a secret-police goon emerges as the voice of sobriety and reason.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I have always wondered what drives a person to make such a dangerous journey, to show to the world the conditions of a certain place. There aren't many journalists or writers who are willing to sacrifice their lives to tell a compelling story, and I applaud those who dare.
potchuy203 - 1 point - 3 months ago
The Places in Between is a travel narrative by British writer and Member of Parliament Rory Stewart, detailing his solo walk across north-central Afghanistan in 2002. Stewart arrives in Afghanistan in January 2002, beginning his journey in Herat and proceeding on foot to Kabul. He is initially accompanied by two armed guards, Qasim and Abdul Haq, at the insistence of Governor Yuzufi but travels without human company for most of his walk, accompanied only by his dog, Babur. On his journey, Stewart encounters many of Afghanistan’s most notable historical sites, including the Minaret of Jam, the Dome of Chist-e-Sharif and the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which were destroyed by the Taliban. Afghanistan is particularly hazardous during the winter and, while walking across landscape covered by nine feet of snow, he is physically assaulted, shot at and attacked by wolves.
faithuy56 - 1 point - 3 months ago
Stewart's account of seeing the Minaret of Jam was of significant, wider importance. Prior to his visit it was uncertain whether the tower was still standing. The Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage had not heard a reliable report on its condition for some eight months, and there were concerns that the Taliban might have blown it up, as they did with the Bamiyan Buddhas. Though Stewart found the Minaret still standing, he encountered villagers who were conducting excavations of what they believed to be the lost city of the Turquoise Mountain, selling their finds to traders from Herat. Upon his return to the United Kingdom, Stewart contacted UNESCO to try to inform them of the scale of the damage being done by these unauthorised excavations, and confronted Professor Andrea Bruno at the British Museum in an attempt to raise awareness of its looting. He writes that he "was told that an archaeologist would begin work on the site in April 2003, sixteen months after my visit and long after the villagers had removed everything they could". An account of his visit to the Minaret was published in The New York Times in August 2002.
Vinsanity - 1 point - 3 months ago
With this, I would like to emphasize how war could affect the lives of people. I have read as well a book which is related to war affecting the lives of people. The book that I am pertaining to is the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The diary is about life of Anne, a Jewish girl who went into hiding in a secret annex during the Nazi occupation in Netherlands. I read how much war affected the way they live and that their actions are very limited because anytime they might be seen or noticed by the Nazis.
faithjose822 - 1 point - 3 months ago
The Places in Between was critically applauded, winning the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, a Scottish Arts Council prize and the Spirit of Scotland award in 2005. It was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewlyn Rhys prize. The New York Times named it one of the top-ten books of 2006, a distinction the newspaper rarely gives to travel books.[4] It was a New York Times bestseller for thirteen weeks and has been translated into nine languages.
MelanthaKrasos - 1 point - 3 months ago
The Places in Between sound interesting. Violence is something that we don't want everyone to go through. Unfortunately, this is the life others has to live by. May this book inspires everyone to internalize that greed and violence will amount to nothing but pain for every individuals. I believe that people caught in war will give us the understanding of life's many setbacks and struggles and how despite everything some manage to live and put on a courageous heart in the middle of war torn country.
jeffreyjose48 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I think this is a great book written by Rory Stewart. I can imagine how difficult it is to be in a place where there is war. I think there is a risk of losing your life too.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 3 months ago
Wow, the premise seems so interesting. I'll be sure to look this book up. Thank you for the recommendation!
Jelineex - 1 point - 3 months ago
It's good to know the life in Afghanistan. The hardship and emotional disturbance brought on war. It takes a lot of courage to face and trying to fit the scenario in one's life. I do hope that Afghanistan and the rest of the world will surpass and stop war. Peace and unity should be implemented. Thanks for sharing this book information by Rory Stewart.

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David and Goliath

David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell was a very interesting book I read and it opened my eyes to see many situations in a different view point. Gladwell questions a lot of beliefs that we generally hold and takes examples from the real world to counter those beliefs. For example, he discusses how a disability is not always a disadvantage and gives some CEO's with disabilities to show that. The book overall is a great way to widen your view on many things. Many people disagree with Gladwell's examples, but regardless of whether you disagree or not, I think the book deserves a read.

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jeffreyjose48 - 0 points - 3 months ago
I believe that this book was based from a story of the Bible. David was small and Goliath was a giant. David was just a shepherd boy. Goliath was already a soldier of the Philistines. David just used a sling with one smooth stone that hit the forehead of Goliath and he was able to kill Goliath. This is one of my favorite story in the Bible. It tells us to trust in the Lord to slay all of the Goliath that we face in life.
menchuuy58 - 0 points - 3 months ago
I like the story of David and Goliath. David’s victory over Goliath, in the Biblical account, is held to be an anomaly. It was not. Davids win all the time. The political scientist Ivan Arreguín-Toft recently looked at every war fought in the past two hundred years between strong and weak combatants. The Goliaths, he found, won in 71.5 per cent of the cases. That is a remarkable fact. Arreguín-Toft was analyzing conflicts in which one side was at least ten times as powerful—in terms of armed might and population—as its opponent, and even in those lopsided contests the underdog won almost a third of the time.
achikeziah - 0 points - 3 months ago
I am happy to read and share Malcolm Gladwell's first few words and sentences in his book how David beat Goliath. When Vivek Ranadivé decided to coach his daughter Anjali’s basketball team, he settled on two principles. The first was that he would never raise his voice. This was National Junior Basketball—the Little League of basketball. The team was made up mostly of twelve-year-olds, and twelve-year-olds, he knew from experience, did not respond well to shouting. He would conduct business on the basketball court, he decided, the same way he conducted business at his software firm. He would speak calmly and softly, and convince the girls of the wisdom of his approach with appeals to reason and common sense.
potchuy203 - 0 points - 3 months ago
Malcolm Gladwell's new book promises to turn your view of the world upside down. We all think we know what happened when David took on Goliath: the little guy won. Gladwell thinks we all have it wrong, and opens his new book with a retelling of that story.
Our mistake is to assume it's a story about the weak beating the powerful with the help of pluck and guile and sheer blind faith. But as Gladwell points out, it was Goliath who was the vulnerable one. He was a giant, which made him slow, clumsy and probably half-blind (double vision is a common side-effect of an excess of human growth hormone). The only way he could have beaten David was by literally getting his hands on him – but David had no need to go anywhere near him. David had a sling.
faithuy56 - 0 points - 3 months ago
David was a sharpshooter in slinging. Ancient armies contained teams of slingers, who could be deadly from distances as great as 200 yards. The best, like David, were lethally accurate, and Goliath was not a small target. Once David had persuaded the Israelites that single combat didn't need to mean sword versus sword, but could be any weapon you like, there was only ever going to be one winner. As Gladwell says, Goliath had as much chance against David as a man with a sword would have had against someone armed with a .45 automatic handgun.
mcnasci24 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I had heard about the story of David and Goliath before, but I had no idea about the background you just wrote. That makes so much sense, as it shows it wasn't just a brave moment. David knew about his abilities and was confident he would win.
MelanthaKrasos - 1 point - 3 months ago
Malcolm Gladwell book is sure to be a must read. Most discussions regarding this biblical event tackles how great was David when he was able to win against Goliath. This book opens up another avenue to see the situation on both side of the coins. It has already been too long since I had my mind fixed on the perception that Goliath is the only one on the winning side, thus making David a vulnerable target. Yet, here comes a valuable insight written in words, how it was a fair play all along. This is something of a worth read.
faithjose822 - 1 point - 3 months ago
David and Goliath Summary provides a free book summary, key takeaways, insightful review, best quotes and author biography of Malcolm Gladwell’s book. Malcolm Gladwell presents a readable and thoughtful view of underdogs in history. He offers insights into how they succeeded.

Gladwell is a best-selling author and a New Yorker regular. He has a unique genius. It is his skill to convert aninteresting magazine article into a readable best-seller. His writing is so direct and conversational; it turns even small insights into thunderbolts. Many of his observations in his earlier best-sellers have become social clichés. Consider, The Tipping Point. The book David and Goliath suggests practicing 10,000 hours to attain real skills in any area. Give credit where you should. Gladwell built his niche. This remarkable collection of declarations and the examples illustrating them highlight an old yet modern theme. That is the victory of the underdog.
jeffreyjose48 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I believe that this book by Malcolm Gladwell is very good and interesting. The insights that you can learn will change your life. The story of David and Goliath is so inspiring. If you are up against a great problem as big as Goliath, you can trust in the anointing and power of God.
Alania - 1 point - 3 months ago
It's a shame that not many people know about this, the whole story about David and Goliath is amazing. Best thing it does is to explain that not everything gets measured by strength and muscles. I read the Torah quite a lot, thanks to it our civilizations exists the way they do right now.
potchuy203 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I believe that this book is a great inspirational book. It is because the story of David is also very inspirational to me. David has been the underdog compared to Goliath. But Goliath underestimated David and was defeated by the shepherd boy.

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Philosophy of Islam

A great book I have read about Islam is called the Philosophy of Islam. If you don't understand Islam or want to know what the religion is about I would recommend this book. You can access the book for free on www.al-islam.org. In this day and age, many people have harsh views of Islam because of extremists who kill innocent people off all religions including Islam, but this book can help you to understand what Islam is really about.

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dullian - 0 points - 3 months ago
I understand that Islam can be a controversial topic sometimes, hopefully things will change in the future. Personally I prefer opinions not affiliated to any religion, I think those people are more neutral and have more tactful when it comes to explaining things.
jeffreyjose48 - 0 points - 3 months ago
It is good that there is a book written entitled the Philosophy of Islam. Thanks for sharing the website. I also wonder why Islam extremists could kill innocent children. I will try my best to read and understand what Islam is really about with the help of the book.
menchuuy58 - 0 points - 3 months ago
I am very much interested in reading this book. Islamic philosophy may be defined in a number of different ways, but the perspective taken here is that it represents the style of philosophy produced within the framework of Islamic culture. This description does not suggest that it is necessarily concerned with religious issues, nor even that it is exclusively produced by Muslims.
MelanthaKrasos - 1 point - 3 months ago
You're right, Islam and it's religious philosophy is being put into question due to violence acts done by extremists around the world. While this is true, I believe that the scripture in itself has more good things to impart to us than negative opinions by other individuals. While crime is on the rise, it is important not to forget that both Christian and Muslim has there own shares of violence in the world. I will try to get hold of this book in order for me to understand the essence of Islam philosophy.
achikeziah - 1 point - 3 months ago
I believe that this book will really help us know what Islam is really all about. I am a Christian. Yet I want to know about Islam and their beliefs. I think it will help me understand many things about Islam.
Alania - 1 point - 3 months ago
I think it's very important to learn about Islam, and study it well. Islam has a lot of deep knowledge hidden within, just like the Bible and Torah does. Whether someone likes it or not, but Islam has been a tool in building many great global civilizations. I'm really fond of Muslim girls, who cover themselves and act all modest. A very inspiring sight.
Caguioa747 - 1 point - 3 months ago
It is good to spread the book of islam so that people will understand what islam really is. a lot of people nowadays have a negative reaction about islam. so it is the right time for them to know what islam is really about.
DamianTyrell - 1 point - 3 months ago
I've always been interested in Islam so its a relief to know that there is a book that can explain it out for me. The Koran seems a bit like the Bible but translated differently. Like two sides of the same coin or something. Apparently Jesus has a part in the Koran, is that true?
Caguioa747 - 1 point - 3 months ago
I've read about a book about Islam and it is called "Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus"-An autobiography by an ex-Muslim who converted to Christianity. An interesting inside look into Islam firsthand from a now outsider.
Maharlika - 1 point - 3 months ago
I always look up to the Islam Religion. I, on the other hand, does not have one. But It amazes me how they lived up their beliefs. Huge respect!
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