“A stunning and poignant memoir . . . a treasure. An exemplary job of portraying the struggles of the first Afghan-American generation.”
Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Storyby Atta Arghandiwal
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
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.
“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. “
“This is a worthwhile book that I highly recommend. “
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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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I was moved by the story of Mr. Arghandiwal’s struggles and accomplishments. Tight and concise writing makes the chronological flow of the book interesting and thought provoking. People (like myself) who have lived in North America all our lives sometimes take for granted the freedom and security we have and forget the struggles people in other countries not as fortunate have to endure. I would have really liked to experience the Afghanistan that Mr. Arghandiwal grew up in. It is sad what the country has become after so much politics and war. It is heartening that the author and his family were able to overcome such hardship and accomplish so much in their lives. It gives others hope. I highly recommend, Lost Decency. Lawrence Verigin, author of, DARK SEED
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.
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.