"A Man and a Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power" is a new book written by Dutch author Bette Dam about Karzai's life and his journey to becoming the president of Afghanistan.
Dam's interest in Afghanistan has inspired her to write this book. The author has stated that writing the book has helped her better understand Afghanistan as well as Karzai's character.
"Karzai is under a lot of pressure from the west as well as key domestic players. He is more in touch with the internal figures than the west," she said. "He is under pressure from influential figures outside his cabinet as well."
Dam has stated that while writing the book, she came to the conclusion that President Karzai has his own special ways and strategies of handling various situations.
"When we saw him in western media, he seemed like a very moderate, highly-educated, democrat. We thought the only thing he wanted was an American style democracy. But when I started researching, I found that Hamid Karzai is much more like an Afghan from Kandahar, someone who has always been in contact with Afghan players, someone who knows how to make deals and how work with tribes. He is very experienced," Dam added.
The book was written in two years after interviews with 150 key figures, close to the Afghan president not only in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan, the U.S. and some European countries.
Written in 230 pages, the book was first released in September 2014.