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By David B. Edwards

During this robust e-book, David B. Edwards strains the lives of 3 fresh Afghan leaders in Afghanistan's history--Nur Muhammad Taraki, Samiullah Safi, and Qazi Amin Waqad--to clarify how the promise of development and prosperity that lively Afghanistan within the Sixties crumbled and have become the current tragedy of discord, destruction, and depression. ahead of Taliban builds at the starting place that Edwards laid in his past ebook, Heroes of the Age, during which he examines the lives of 3 major figures of the past due 19th century--a tribal khan, a Muslim saint, and a prince who grew to become king of the newly created country. within the mid 20th century, Afghans believed their kingdom can be a version of financial and social improvement that might motivate the area. as an alternative, political clash, overseas invasion, and civil warfare have left the rustic impoverished and politically dysfunctional. all the males Edwards profiles have been engaged within the political struggles of the country's contemporary background. They was hoping to work out Afghanistan develop into a extra simply and democratic kingdom. yet their visions for his or her kingdom have been greatly varied, and in any case, all 3 failed and have been killed or exiled. Now, Afghanistan is linked to overseas terrorism, drug trafficking, and repression. ahead of Taliban tells those men's tales and gives an intensive research of why their desires for a revolutionary kingdom lie in ruins whereas the Taliban has succeeded. In Edwards's capable palms, this culturally expert biography presents a enthralling and revealing investigate the social and cultural contexts of political swap.

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But few of those funds were making their way to the local level, and most educated Afghans were finding their life prospects little improved by the presence of foreign agencies. Corruption was ram- Introduction / 15 pant. Most of those who were lucky enough to secure positions in the government found both that their jobs paid so poorly they still had to live at home or in small apartments and that their salaries were so insufficient they could not even consider getting married until they were well into their thirties.

For the young boy in Naim and Jabar, it would seem to have the related significance of “fitting in” and “looking the part” for which he too was auditioning. Looking back, I imagine that the Afghan students who sat in my classroom in their second-hand Western clothes must have felt a similar concern, but at the time I didn’t make the connection between the boys in the film and the students I encountered every day at the school. Only much later, when I rented the film to show a classroom of American college students what Afghanistan was like before the revolution, did I focus on the scene with the turban and come to reflect on the fact that many of those Afghan students I taught a long time ago must have experienced moments like the one in the film when they too had to make a decision between one world and another.

This caution continued for several days until it was finally revealed that the man in charge of the newly instituted Revolutionary Council was Taraki. Educated Afghans at least knew of Taraki from his years as a publisher and writer for various leftist newspapers, most notably the Khalq (Masses), which was the organ of the Soviet-leaning PDPA during the late 1960s, when political parties were briefly allowed to operate in the open. The first and most crucial task of this new regime was to make good on its “revolution” by rallying people to the cause.

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