The Places in Between - Rory Stewart

The Places in Between

By Rory Stewart

  • Release Date: 2007-02-01
  • Genre: Middle East
Score: 4
From 31 Ratings


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. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past. 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.

Through these encounters-by turns touching, con-founding, surprising, and funny-Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map's countless places in between.


  • Places in between

    By Asta- Doc
    An engaging book. I looked forward to each new chapter as I accompanied the author across a dangerous and unknown land, still recovering from the Taliban and U.S bombings. It reveals a culture that is trapped in it's past, yet seeking to progress. Rory Stewart is a brave and bold individual who followed his convictions and showed that "good" prevails. Inspiring and enlightening story, well worth the read.