I bought this book because I'm fascinated by Afghanistan culture but I was somewhat disappointed in it. Yes, it certainly was quite a feat to walk across this country, but I never did get a real understanding of what drove the author to do it. I loved Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and recently, listened to the sequel, Stones into Schools. This book just fell flat by comparison. I don't understand why anyone would give it 5 stars. Maybe they haven't read Three Cups of Tea. Now that is one heck of an adventure about one man finding his purpose in life (building schools for girls in Afghanistan & Pakistan) and struggling to overcome incredible odds in pursuit of his life's work. Greg Mortenson is inspiring. This book wasn't.