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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, The Life of Reason
His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj, a member of the royal family of Afghanistan, brings four decades of history to life—from the Cold War era when his famed nightclub in Kabul was a hotspot for global celebrities, jetsetters, and spies, to the communist Soviet takeover that killed members of his family, put a price on Prince Ali’s head, and forced him to make a harrowing escape from his homeland in disguise with his American wife and family.
Prince Seraj’s intimate and historic portrait of modern Afghanistan tells the inside story of a proud, ancient culture grappling with a turbulent history of invasion and transformation. His passionate and adventure-filled story opens a new door to understand a nation irrevocably linked to the stability and prosperity of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and to the United States.
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Honorary Knighthood, Grand Commander, from Knights Templars for charitable work performed in Afghanistan.
Recipient of the Medal of Commander in the Order of the Star of the Italian Solidarity from the president and foreign minister of Italy for rescuing an Italian photojournalist from the Taliban.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Royal Legacy 9
Chapter 1 Communists at the Door 19
Chapter 2 The End of the World 26
Chapter 3 Return of the Prodigal Prince 32
Chapter 4 Social Revolution 43
Chapter 5 Spies in Our Midst 48
Chapter 6 A New "Silk Route" 59
Chapter 7 Bridge to Destiny 67
Chapter 8 Doorway to Love 82
Chapter 9 The Great Escape 117
Chapter 10 Departure from Kabul 123
Chapter 11 A New Beginning 133
Chapter 12 The Fight Against Afghan Communism and the Soviet Invasion 138
Chapter 13 The Reagan Era 141
Chapter 14 The Russo-Afghan War and the Re-emergence of the Taliban/Al Qaeda 148
Chapter 15 The Taliban Threat and George W. Bush 165
Chapter 16 Destination Kabul 172
Chapter 17 The People's Prince 182