ISBN 9780007583140,Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World



Harper Collins India

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780007583140

ISBN-10 0007583141

Paper Back

Number of Pages 416 Pages
Language (English)


Twenty-seven years ago, Christina Lamb left Britain to become a journalist in Pakistan. She crossed the Hindu Kush into Afghanistan with mujaheddin fighting the Russians and fell unequivocally in love with this fierce country of pomegranates and war, a relationship which has dominated her adult life. Since 2001, Lamb has watched with incredulity as the West fought a war with its hands tied, committed too little too late, failed to understand local dynamics and turned a blind eye as their Taliban enemy was helped by their ally Pakistan. Farewell Kabul tells how success was turned into defeat in the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War. It has been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan still one of the poorest nations on earth, the Taliban undefeated, and nuclear armed Pakistan perhaps the most dangerous place on earth.
With unparalleled access to all key decision-makers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, London and Washington, from heads of state and generals as well as soldiers on the ground, Farewell Kabul tells how this happened. In Afghanistan, Lamb has travelled far beyond Helmand – from the caves of Tora Bora in the south to the mountainous bad lands of Kunar in the east; from Herat, city of poets and minarets in the west, to the very poorest province of Samangan in the north. She went to Guantánamo, met Taliban in Quetta, visited jihadi camps in Pakistan and saw bin Laden’s house just after he was killed. Saddest of all, she met women who had been made role models by the West and had then been shot, raped or forced to flee the country.
This deeply personal book not only shows the human cost of political failure but explains how short-sighted encouragement of jihadis to fight the Russians, followed by prosecution of ill-thoughtout wars, has resulted in the spread of terrorism throughout the Islamic world
This is the definitive account of the War in Afghanistan from a multiple best-selling author.
 Christina Lamb OBE is currently the Sunday Times Foreign Correspondent. Christina was named Foreign Correspondent of the year in the 2007 British Press Awards. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Prix Bayeux Calvados for her reporting from Afghanistan. Named Foreign Correspondent of the Year four times, she is the author of several bestselling books, including ‘I Am Malala’, co-authored with Malala Yousafzai.