Jeffrey Stern

A “… beautiful, meticulously reported debut … Mr. Stern has a gift for exposition, explaining the confusing geopolitics of the region with a blessed — and welcome — lucidity.”
– The New York Times

“An extremely well-written and sensitive history of a small group of people, the author included, trying to affect discrete and measurable educational progress amid incredible obstacles.”
– Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What is the What and Zeitoun and co-founder, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

“Journalist Jeffrey E. Stern brings us the inspiring story of Marefat and its remarkable founder, Aziz Royesh. The book is a paean to the power of education and its potential to peacefully revolutionize a violent nation … The Last Thousand is an extraordinary tale.”
– The Washington Post
The Last Thousand


Jeffrey E Stern is a writer, photographer, and development worker whose reporting from Afghanistan, Kashmir, West Africa and elsewhere has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Esquire, Time, The Daily Beast, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Duke Magazine and other publications.


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