“Confessions of a Mullah Warrior” Makes You Reconsider Everything You Thought About Afghanistan

How many books are there about Afghanistan, its wars, its depressing history, its being betrayed by the entire world? And how many of those books are told from the perspective of someone who was born and raised in Afghanistan, fought against the Russians, attended Harvard and literally went back to the country while it was still unstable to serve his More...

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By David Gaines On Monday, July 16th, 2012

So Glad Wainaina Finally Wrote About That Place

I don’t know where to start. Binyavanga Wainaina’s memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, is indescribable. His story is beyond compelling — it entertains, it educates, it introduces More...

By David Gaines On Monday, June 4th, 2012

Kenya’s Second Largest Tribe Was Close to Being Ugandans

Kenya is a country of over 40 tribes. Before the British showed up and called them all Kenyans, these tribes were their own communities, kingdoms and fiefdoms. Those along the coast are different from those More...