This monumental book examines Afghan society in conflict, from the
1978 communist coup to the fall of Najibullah, the last
Soviet-installed president, in 1992. This edition, newly revised by
the author, reflects developments since then and includes material
on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. It is a book that now seems
Drawing on two decades of research, Barnett R. Rubin, a leading
expert on Afghanistan, provides a fascinating account of the nature
of the old regime, the rise and fall of the People's Democratic
Party of Afghanistan, and the troubled Mujahidin resistance. He
relates all these phenomena to international actors, showing how
the interaction of U.S. policy and Pakistani and Saudi Arabian
interests has helped to create the challenges of today. Rubin puts
into context the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan and offers
readers a coherent historical explanation for the country's social
and political fragmentation.
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