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Afghanistan
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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409041641
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 226

Afghanistan

Agony of a Nation


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This book is an account of Sandy Gall's last trip to Afghanistan in 1986 to report the war. It tells of his journey, with all its hardships and dangers, as well as explaining the background to the war including some dramatic pictures of the fighting. Sandy Gall chose to revisit the man he regards as the outstanding commander in Afghanistan, Ahmed Shah Masud, who is trying to organize resistance to the Russians on a regional and eventually national scale. The author views the war as Russia's Vietnam and believes it merits much wider attention. He believes it has been largely neglected because of the difficulties of the terrain and the length of time it takes to get to the remoter areas. For his work in Afghanistan, Sandy Gall - a Reuter correspondent for ten years and ITN "trouble shooter" since 1963 - was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal in 1987.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409041641
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 226

About the Author

Sandy Gall

Sandy Gall was born in Malaya in 1927, educated in Scotland, and in 1953 joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Germany, East Africa, Hungary and South Africa. In 1963, he moved to ITN, where he co-presented News at Ten, and reported wars in the Middle East, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Gulf. He has made numerous documentaries, and written several books including The Bushmen of Southern Africa. He was awarded the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial Medal by the Prince of Wales in 1987, and the CBE in 1988.

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