This was my first history book in a long time. And for that, it’s very readable, with the right level of detail for a start-to-finish introduction of Afghanistan.
That said, I would dock one star for the description of battles and battle strategy; something that probably gets the history fans uppity, but isn’t essential to the book itself and feels like the same thing (a push towards the center! flanking! surprise! general in the army!) repeated over and over again.