Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story

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Many memoirs written by exiles represent the country's more privileged classes, those with the money and means. In Lost Decency, Atta Arghandiwal shares his and the Afghan people's turbulent journey to escape their war-torn country. Every refugee's story deserves to be heard, but Atta's thrilling and inspiring history uncovers the truth about how his beloved and once peaceful nation turned into one of the deadliest and most dangerous in the world.

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Overview

Many memoirs written by exiles represent the country's more privileged classes, those with the money and means. In Lost Decency, Atta Arghandiwal shares his and the Afghan people's turbulent journey to escape their war-torn country. Every refugee's story deserves to be heard, but Atta's thrilling and inspiring history uncovers the truth about how his beloved and once peaceful nation turned into one of the deadliest and most dangerous in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Testimonial - Dr. Belal A. Kaifi

“A stunning and poignant memoir . . . a treasure. An exemplary job of portraying the struggles of the first Afghan-American generation.”

Testimonial - Jan Knippers Black

“It...gives us a glimpse, beyond the drum rolls and the waving flags, of an industrious and creative people brought low by warlords and drug mafias - the tragic legacy of empire. “

Testimonial - Dr. Martin C. Needler

“This is a worthwhile book that I highly recommend. “

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615557588
  • Publisher: Lost Decency Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Atta Arghandiwal was born in Afghanistan but left shortly after the Soviet invasion and became a refugee in Germany. Two weeks after his arrival in the United States, he started work as a bank teller, and built a successful twenty-eight year career, eventually being promoted to senior vice president. He lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Russian Chocolate 1

Impoverished Kingdom 7

Seeking Prosperity 12

Shahrara (Our Safe Haven) 16

Two Mothers and Faith 24

The Road to Responsibility 29

Glory Days 33

The Spartacus Factor 41

The Beginning of the End 46

Call of Duty 52

Communism Within the Military 60

Departure Day Disaster 66

The So-Called Revolution 72

Life Under Local Communism 77

The Russians Are Coming 85

The Red Dawn 95

Well Full of Weapons 100

Forced to Flee 107

Where to Go? 114

Bubbles in the Kitchen 124

German Pastry 133

Sweep the Cemetery! 141

In Pursuit of the American Dream 146

Golden State 155

The Storyteller 161

No One to Nomads 170

The Ford Maverick and My Family's Arrival 180

A Sister Lost in Europe 189

Traditional Marriage 197

Afghanistan Deserted 207

He Can't Speak English 215

9/11 222

Returning Home 233

Praying with the Taliban 244

Kabul the Filthy City 255

Corrupt Dinner 263

Party People 270

Closing Thoughts 277

Acknowledgments 283

About the Author 284

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

      Lost Decency describes Afghanistan before the Russian invasion

      Lost Decency describes Afghanistan before the Russian invasion, when Islam had not leaned into fundamentalism and women were
    respected and had freedom to attend schools.  Atta described his experiences when Communism, followed by the Russian invasion,
    devastated the culture. 

    His description of the airplanes which droned overhead for days bringing the invading army was very powerful  As was the speed at which
     an open friendly society became one governed by fear and secrecy.
    Atta emigrated to Germany as a refugee with the idea of eventually bringing his large family to freedom.He was shocked by the fact that
    refugees were held in camps for many years, jobless, relying on welfare and afraid of being returned to the country from which they fled
    The US was a place where immigrants were allowed to work and live freely and Atta’s message to refugees is to learn and work and
    become part of society. 
    To read a book which describes the gradual deterioration of a society written by a gentle and caring man who does not allow hatred or
     blame to shadow his life is a privilege. To accompany him on his path to a life of freedom is a joy. The US is lucky to have Atta and his
    family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    The author does a great job of describing what it was like to gr

    The author does a great job of describing what it was like to grow up in Afganistan before Russia, the Taliban and the US intervened to change the country. Helps the reader in American appreciate what it was like to leave the country you grew up in and move to a new country and succeed at starting a new life. Well written well done.

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