"The times Kakar writes about have . . . pervasively influenced
every life in Afghanistan. . . . He was continuously faced with
different versions of the Afghan experience as his country went
through one of the great cataclysms of its history. We are
fortunate to have his account."--Robert Canfield, editor of
"Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective
"This is the first history of recent events in Afghanistan by a
native historian trained in London. Kakar writes objectively about
the Soviets, the Afghan government, and the Mujahideen. With
personal observations, including years spent in Kabul's notorious
Pul-i Charkhi prison, this book is unique in revealing many events
hitherto not known or recorded. It will remain a standard work on
the tragic years of contemporary Afghanistan."--Richard N. Frye,
"Kakar, one of Afghanistan's most distinguished scholars, has
provided an outstanding account of a complex and interesting phase
of modern Afghanistan history. . . . A fascinating and absorbing
analysis . . . exhaustive and most valuable."--Vartan Gregorian,
President, Brown University
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