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This book, first published in 1982, examines the reality of the so-called revolution in Afghanistan. It focuses on the career of Hafizullah Amin, considered in the West as a near-genocidal mass murderer, intent on establishing a personal fiefdom in Afghanistan. However, this book argues that he was a man struggling against impossible odds to preserve his country’s independence and at the same time drag it into the twentieth century. He commanded such loyalty and support within the Afghanistan Communist Party and the armed forces that the Russians had to invade to get rid of him.
Table of Contents
1. In Search of Hafizullah Amin 2. Three Revolutionaries 3. A House Divided: the PDPA, 1965–1973 4. The Making of a Revolution: the PDPA, 1973–1978 5. The Inheritance: Afghanistan, 1978 6. Strategy for Reform 7. The Eid Conspiracy 8. A Treaty and a Murder: Closing the American Option 9. The Question of Leadership 10. The Summer of Discontent 11. The End Game 12. ‘… and the People Remain’