Afghanistan: Agony of a Nation

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Sandy Gall has made three trips to Afghanistan to report the war there: in 1982, 1984 and again in 1986. This book is an account of his last journey and what he found. He chose to revisit the man he believes is the outstanding commander in Afghanistan: Ahmed Shah Masud, a dashing Tajik who is trying to organise resistance to the Russians on a regional, and eventually national scale. Sandy Gall believes the war is Russia's Vietnam and merits much wider attention. He feels it has been largely neglected because of ...
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Overview

Sandy Gall has made three trips to Afghanistan to report the war there: in 1982, 1984 and again in 1986. This book is an account of his last journey and what he found. He chose to revisit the man he believes is the outstanding commander in Afghanistan: Ahmed Shah Masud, a dashing Tajik who is trying to organise resistance to the Russians on a regional, and eventually national scale. Sandy Gall believes the war is Russia's Vietnam and merits much wider attention. He feels it has been largely neglected because of the difficulties of the terrain - mountain passes of 15,000 feet are commonplace - and the length of time it takes to reach the remoter areas. This book tells the story of the journey, with all its hardships and dangers. On the inward journey, for example, the camera horse fell in a river, submerging the precious film which was, luckily, sufficiently waterproofed to survive the drenching. It also explains the background to the war and includes some dramatic accounts of the fighting. For his work in Afghanistan, Sandy Gall was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal, 1987, by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, as Patron of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590482186
  • Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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