Places In Between by Rory StewartPlaces In Between by Rory Stewart

Places In Between

byRory Stewart

Paperback | August 29, 2006

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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, confounding, surprising, and funny—Stewart makes tangible the forces of tradition, ideology, and allegiance that shape life in the map’s countless places in between.


Rory Stewart has written for the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and the London Review of Books, and is the author of The Prince of the Marshes. A former fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for serv...
Title:Places In BetweenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.22 × 5.24 × 0.88 inPublished:August 29, 2006Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143053302

ISBN - 13:9780143053309


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I think I learned more about Afghanistan through this book than all other books combined. What a remarkable adventure. You are there with Mr. Stewart experiencing everything and meeting the most interesting people. After hearing about Afghanistan through the filter of the war and the Taliban only, it was such an eye-opener to read about everyday people and how they cope with their difficult lives. If you like 'meaty' books which feed your brain, then this is a book you will truly enjoy.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Rory takes the reader along for his walk and brings a new understanding to the kindness of a misrepresented group of people. It is a beautiful book.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brave Hats off to Rory Stewart. He is a brave young man to have undertaken a walk through these countries. He was very lucky to come home alive. His story is a real history lessons on the people and the culture of the Afgans. He must have put in a lot of research before undertaking a journey of this amplitude. However I personally did not like the continual references to the ancient texts of emperor Babur. I realize Rory was following Babur's tracks, but it was Rory's story that appealed to me. It is amazing how it was possible for a stranger, a Scotsman, to walk this country in 2002. A good history lesson.
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compassionate, humane, and unending sympathy! Rory Stewart's brave journey takes the reader through the past, the present, and the future of Afganistan. He risks his life inorder to rediscover the mysteries of Herat to Kabul, and along his way, he brings new meaning to the words unconditional love. Babur will move your heart and bring tears to your eyes . . .
Date published: 2008-05-14