An American Bride in Kabul

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Phyllis Chesler

Recommendation: 4/5

My Thoughts
An American Bride in Kabul is the story of how a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate Enlightenment values. This dramatic tale re-creates a time gone by, a place that is no more, and shares the way in which Chesler turned adversity into a passion for world-wide social, educational, and political reform.

Chesler shares her personal story of her failed first marriage to her Afghan college sweetheart in 1961. She delves into the tormented history of Afghanistan, discusses assaults against Muslim subjects and the Western world. The ongoing challenges and fearlessness of Afghan woman’s rights.


Chester’s personal story is fascinating, given the time period this occurred it shows not much has improved for Afghanistan and Afghan women. The book covers more history and issues of Afghanistan and women than Chesler’s own story. Informative and educational. A leader in feminism, I found Chesler’s story intriguing. I have no doubt her experience only fueled her quest for women’s rights. Excellent account on all levels, especially hearing Chesler’s thoughts at such an early age when this independent woman was a chrysalis not yet in full bloom.


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