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A fascinating but sad story
on 30 May 2012
The Buddhas of Bamiyan is a beautifully written, heartfelt eulogy to these astonishing monuments. Carved into an Afghan cliff face 1400 years ago, the Buddhas were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Morgan's book tells their story and, through it, the messy, complicated story of Afghanistan. He takes the reader from the peaceful seventh century Buddhist kingdom of Bamiyan to the confusion and fear of the modern, war torn country.
Morgan has a clear, accessible style. His extensive and detailed research is obvious as the book contains new material and previously unpublished photgraphs.
Nobody will ever see these monuments again, but this book is undoubtedly the next best thing. Morgan has recaptured what he could of the essence, history and atmosphere of the Buddhas of Bamiyan and by doing so he has given them a meaning and significance that will hopefully outlast their Taliban destroyers.