Cheryl Benard

Cheryl Benard is the Director of Research at the Boltzmann Institute in Austria and a consultant to the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. She is the author of several best-selling nonfiction books in German, primarily on women's issues, and has published two novels in the United States, including MOGHUL BUFFET, a murder mystery set in Pakistan, and TURNING ON THE GIRLS.

Benard lives in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, Zalmay Khalilzad (the former US Ambassador to the United Nations) and their children, Alex and Max. She is currently working on a non-fiction book on the connection between morality and health.


Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women

Washington Post: "Invaluable to our understanding of Afghanistan."

Ahmed Rashid, author of the best-selling book TALIBAN: "An enormously important book...Cheryl Benard has done a major service to Afghan women and women everywhere by letting us hear the caged birds sing."

Turning on the Girls

Booklist: "If Dorothy Parker had written BRAVE NEW WORLD, it might have resembled Benard's satiristic vision of a utopia designed and run by women."

Entertainment Weekly: "Benard spoofs utopian idealism and sexist stereotypes so cleverly that in this sly spin on the battle of the sexes, humor wins... a sparkling satire."

Moghul Buffet

"Clever, witty, and politically and culturally on the mark." - Library Journal

"A venomously funny diatribe." - The New York Times

"A satisfying banquet." - People Pick of the Week