Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982

Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982


Few everyone is extra revered or greater situated to talk at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan than M. Hassan Kakar. A professor at Kabul college and student of Afghanistan affairs on the time of the 1978 coup d'état, Kakar vividly describes the occasions surrounding the Soviet invasion in 1979 and the stumble upon among the army superpower and the poorly armed Afghans. The occasions that are rigorously precise, with eyewitness money owed and authoritative documentation that offer an unprecedented view of this old moment.

Because of his prominence Kakar was once at the start handled with deference via the Marxist govt and was once no longer imprisoned, even if he brazenly criticized the regime. whilst he used to be positioned in the back of bars the outcry from students around the world potentially stored his lifestyles. In legal for 5 years, he endured amassing info, a lot of it from well-liked Afghans of various political persuasions who have been themselves prisoners.

Kakar brings firsthand wisdom and a historian's sensibility to his account of the invasion and its aftermath. this can be either a private rfile and a old one—Kakar lived in the course of the occasions he describes, and his quandary for human rights instead of occasion politics infuses his writing. As Afghans and the remainder of the area attempt to make feel of Afghanistan's contemporary previous, Kakar's voice might be a kind of so much listened to.

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