The Tragedy of Afghanistan

The Tragedy of Afghanistan:A First-hand Account

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Discusses the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, shares the comments of Afghan leaders, and suggests the cause of the crisis

This widely acclaimed and scrupulous account narrates the historical background and build-up to the civil war in which almost ten per cent of the Afghan population have died. New material documents the Soviet withdrawal of February 1989, and assesses the prospects for the beleaguered Najibullah regime as the Mujahideen threaten its city strongholds.


  • The most complete account of the intrigue that led to the downfall of Taraki and Amin and to the Soviet invasion.

    The New Yorker
  • . . . repeatedly and authoritatively gives the lie to so much of the distortion which both superpowers have perpetrated to reinforce their positions in the conflict.

    Financial Times
  • The most intimate and revealing account of the Afghan revolution yet produced ... almost surreal in its grotesqueness.

    New Statesman and Society