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Soldiers of God With the Mujahidin in Afghanistan: With the Mujahidin in Afghanistan Hardcover – 1990

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A masterful report on the war in Afghanistan 29 Jun. 2000
By Thomas Veil - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Robert Kaplan did what few Westerners dared to do in the 1980s: he entered the killing fields of Afghanistan to report on one of the century's most brutal wars. This book is a searing and eloquent account of what he witnessed. It is largely anecdotal and linear and follows his travels from the Pakistani frontier into the heart of Afghanistan. Among the topics he explores are the brutal extent of the Soviet campaign - which includes a trip to the razed city of Kandahar - the role of the Pakistani ISI in aiding the mujaheddin, and internal feuding between resistance groups. This book was written in 1990, well before the overthrow of Najib, yet it is highly prescient in forecasting the rise of fundamentalist Islam in Afghanistan. In that sense, it retains all the force and relevance it had at time of writing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 10 Oct. 2001
By M. Creighton Stedina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
An engaging trip into afghanistan during the civil war in the 80s. . . Kaplan does a great job in describing the mentality & motivation of players during this war. I would love to see this book reprinted with an extra chapter or two devoted to what became of the key players in the 7 muj factions after the Soviets left Afgahnistan and the taliban took power. A difficult to find book these days, but one well worth trudging to the library for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good background on Afghanistan 25 July 2002
By Neel Aroon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Soldiers of God provides a good account of Afghanistan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The book may seem a little dated because Kaplan doesn't mention the Taliban, though they probably weren't that powerful when the book was published in 1990s. Soldiers of God focuses on the history of Afghanistan such its creation. It deals with the Soviet invasion of the 1980s and American involvement in that war. The different factions and ethnic groups are dealt with giving a useful background into understanding the conflict. The role of women and islam in society are also dealt with.
Great Book! 25 Oct. 2013
By Polarbear - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been reading Kaplan for years. He has a unique way of exploring an issue or region of the world and bringing it home for the reader in a way that balances history, politics, and culture with a touch of the exotic. Kaplan also has a keep grasp of the world and where it is going. Reading Kaplan is always interesting, provocative, and thought-provoking. I would recommend any book he's written as a good read.

This book covers his time among the Afghan rebels during the Soviet invasion. While the material is somewhat dated, it is also uniquely apropos to today when Afghanistan is once again important, yet ignored, as it was in the 1980s.
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