The Forever War – Dexter Filkins
You might remember reports of the Afghanistan election in 2009. President Karzai was against an opposition candidate called Abdullah Abdullah.
“Dr Abdullah had become foreign minister for the new government. … [he] was an ophthalmologist by training, yet with his pale face and dark beard and three-piece suits, he looked more like a silent movie star…
Abdullah had become famous with reporters as the Afghan official with only one name – it used to drive the editors crazy back home. We need a second name, the editors would say, and so, in many newspapers Abdullah became Abdullah Abdullah, the deputy foreign-minister of the Northern Alliance”