Ghosts of Afghanistan is the first account of Afghanistan’s turbulent recent history by an independent eyewitness. Jonathan Steele, an award-winning writer and commentator, has covered the country since his first visit there as a reporter in 1981.
He tracked the Soviet occupation and the communist regime of Najibullah, which held the Western-backed resistance at bay for three years after the Soviets left. He covered the arrival of the Taliban to power in Kabul in 1996, and their retreat from Kandahar under the weight of U.S. bombing in 2001. Most recently he has reported from the epicenter of the Taliban resurgence in Helmand.
Steele’s book is a masterful blend of graphic reporting, illuminating interviews, and insightful analysis. He has conducted numerous interviews with ordinary Afghans, two of the country’s Communist presidents, senior Soviet occupation officials, Taliban leaders, Western diplomats, NATO advisers, and United Nations negotiators.
Ghosts of Afghanistan turns a spotlight on the numerous myths about Afghanistan that have bedeviled foreign policy-makers and driven them to repeat earlier mistakes. Steele compares the challenges facing the Obama Administration as it seeks to find an exit strategy with those the Kremlin faced in the 1980s and cautions that military victory will elude the West just as it eluded the Kremlin.
Showing how and why Soviet efforts to negotiate an end to the war came to nothing, Steele explains how negotiations today could put a stop to the tragedies of civil war and foreign intervention that have afflicted Afghanistan for three decades
|Book:||Ghosts Of Afghanistan: Hard Truths And Foreign Myths|
|Number of Pages:||256|
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