My friend Andrea, who is like a little, but much more brilliant sister to me, is currently travelling through Afghanistan. You can see some pictures she took along the way on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/andreawoodhouse/2040525582/
Afghanistan November 2007 © Andrea Woodhouse
Andrea's friend Rory Stewart in turn wrote a non-fiction book about his experience walking through Afghanistan in 2002 called "The Places in Between". Conde Nast Traveler called it one of the 86 greatest travel books of all time.
The Kite Runner, the fiction bestseller by Kabul born Khaled Hosseini is also a touching read. An epic story that encompasses three decades of Afghan history and re-introduces Afghanistan to the post 9/11 (western) world.
The Kite Runner also opens as a movie December 14, 2007. You can take a look at the trailer here: www.kiterunnermovie.com.