Afghanistan: Paradise Lost, by Roland and Sabrina Michaud

Why?

"This book is by a French couple who were photographing for National Geographic in Afghanistan. They were fantastic images, but the kind of life they were describing, again, the scenes, the culture, were just so time shifted, they were from another era, they were so different from what I could possibly see, and I wanted to do that for the rest of Asia."
- Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired