Come Back To Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story by Said Hyder Akbar and Susan Burton is the first-person account of Akbar's return to his native land with his father, who was involved in the post-Taliban reconstruction. The book just received a starred review in School Library Journal:
... Akbar's father sold his hip-hop clothing store in Oakland to join his friend Hamid Karzai, now the elected president, serving first as his spokesman and later as the governor of the remote province of Kunar. The author joined him right after he finished high school and spent three summers, first in Kabul and then in Asadabad, the provincial capital ... The teen admires his father and his father's friends immensely; he dreams of being personally involved in nation-building. Readers will come away from this memoir with a strong desire to see into the young man's future and that of the country that has so entranced him.