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American Taliban is reviewed by Lauren Bufferd for bookpage. A q&a follows. Excerpt:
Q. What do you think a fictionalized or imagined account of a real-life person or event can tell us that a book of nonfiction cannot?
A. If you believe, as I do, that imaginative empathy, which demands stretching yourself, is one of the most powerful ways to understand the other, then a fictionalized imagined account has greater access to that understanding. Facts often tell us very little, and sometimes, perhaps I should say often, they turn out not to be factual, as we know from our study of historical accounts.

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