In Afghanistan by David Loyn
Two Hundred Years of British, Russian and American Occupation

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Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn's magisterial book. It is a history littered with misunderstandings and broken promises, in which the British, the Russians, and later the Americans, constantly underestimated the ability of the Afghans. In Afghanistan brilliantly brings to life the personalities involved in Afghanistan's relationship with the world, chronicling the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that have so often led to war.  With 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent, David Loyn has had a front-row seat during Afghanistan’s recent history. In Afghanistan draws on David Loyn's unrivalled knowledge of the Taliban and the forces that prevail in Afghanistan, to provide the definitive analysis of the lessons these conflicts have for the present day.

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David Loyn is the author of In Afghanistan: Two Hundred Years of British, Russian and American Occupation. He is a foreign correspondent for the BBC and has won major awards for both TV and radio reporting during 30 years in the field. He was the only foreign journalist with the Taliban when they took Kabul in 1996, and has traveled with them on assignment since 9/11. He was shortlisted for an Orwell Prize for Frontline. John Simpson is the world affairs editor of BBC News.
Published June 23, 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 289 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Palgrave Macmillan , $27.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-23-061403-1Loyn's dense chronicle of foreign meddling in Afghanistan reveals the country's long history “of confounding the optimism of invaders.” The stories that Loyn (Frontline ), a longtime BBC correspondent with considerable experience in Afghani...

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