WOJCIECH JAGIELSKI is a journalist at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's first and biggest independent daily, where he specializes in Africa, Central Asia, the Trans-Caucasus, and the Caucasus. He has been witness to some of the most important political events of the end of the twentieth century and is a permanent observer of developments in Afghanistan. He is the author of A Good Place to Die, the result of several years of travel to the Caucasus in the era of the Soviet Union's collapse and of the emergence of new independent states; Praying for Rain, the bestseller chronicling Afghan regimes; and The Night Wanderers, a book about child soldiers from Northern Uganda. Jagielski is the recipient of the Dariusz Fikus Award, one of Poland's most prestigious awards for excellence in journalism. In 2008, Towers of Stone received the Letterature Dal Fronte Award in Italy.