Kabul Calling

ANDREW TESTA / PANOS

If travel books came with warnings, the one for Afghanistan: A Companion and Guide would read, "Caution: may inspire actual voyage." But then, this lavishly produced guide couldn't help but do otherwise — especially if you're partial to adventure. By the time you've read the account in Chapter 6 of Alexander the Great's legacy in Herat , you'll be drawing up an itinerary. And once you finish the chapter on Bamiyan and its ancient Buddhist kingdoms, you may well be on the phone to your travel agent.

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