Gandhara, The Memory of Afghanistan by Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter, Assouline, 2001
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Review by Fred Peck
A fantastic account, in text and pictures, of the discoveries of French Archaeologists in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A quick read, it is full of beautiful color plates telling the story of ancient relics from the lost Greek metropolis uncovered on the border of present day Uzbekistan to the towering Buddha at Bamiyan left by the Kushan civilization, descendants of the great king Kanishka.
Written before the destruction of the Buddhas at Bamiyan, it includes a postscript bemoaning those tragic acts, and only reached the bookstores after the military operations began in Afghanistan. The reader is left wondering "what treasures yet lie beneath the soil of this archaeologically rich post-Taliban nation?"