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Preface; Introduction; 1. Fulcrum of Empires; 2. The Great Game; 3. Pushtunistan Unjast; 4. Who Are the Afghans?; 5. Before the Civil War; 6. Earning a Living - pre-1979; 7. Red to Move; 8. Experiments in Democracy; 9. Coups Sans Surprise; 10. The Bear Burns its Paws; 11. Fighters For God?; 12. The Last Marxist and Others; 13. The Taliban Phenomenon; 14. The Fourth Horseman; Inconclusive Conclusions; Reading List; Index.

About the Author

John C. Griffiths is a journalist who writes for numerous newspapers including The Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Sunday Times. He has written 12 books (four about Afghanistan), and has visited virtually every part of Afghanistan including the remote north-east. He is also a broadcaster, businessman and politician. He lives in Hertfordshire.


Essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the problems of Afghanistan. --Defence Journal

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