Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World

by Christina Lamb

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From the award-winning co-author of ‘I Am Malala’, this book asks just how the might of NATO, with 48 countries and 140,000 troops on the ground, failed to defeat a group of religious students and farmers? How did it go so wrong?‘Farewell Kabul’ tells how the West turned success into defeat in the longest war fought by the United States in its history and by Britain since the Hundred Years War. It is the story of well-intentioned men and women going into a place they did not understand at all. And how, what had once been the right thing to do had become a conflict that everyone wanted to exit. It has been a fiasco which has left Afghanistan still one of the poorest and most dangerous nations on earth.The leading journalist on the region with unparalleled access to all key decision makers, Christina Lamb is the best-selling author of ‘The Africa House’ and ‘I Am Malala’, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. This revelatory and personal account is her final analysis of the realities of Afghanistan, told unlike anyone before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008171278
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including ‘Farewell Kabul’, ‘The Africa House’, ‘Waiting For Allah’, ‘The Sewing Circles of Herat’ and ‘House of Stone’. She co-wrote the international bestselling ‘I am Malala’ with Malala Yousafzai and ‘Girl from Aleppo’ with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.


London, England and Estoril, Portugal

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1965

Place of Birth:

London, England


M.A., Politics and Philosophy, Oxford University, 1987

Table of Contents

Maps xii

The Leaving 1

Part I Getting In

1 Rule Number One 15

2 Sixty Words 24

3 Making - and Almost Killing - a President 43

4 Ground Zero 63

5 Losing bin Laden - the Not So Great Escape 72

6 A Tale of Two Generals 96

7 Taliban Central 112

8 Merchants of Ruin - the Return of the Warlords 130

9 Theatre of War 154

10 A Tale of Two Wars 178

11 Voting With Mullah Omar 202

Part II War

12 Ambush 225

13 Bringing Dolphins to Helmand 239

14 Tethered Goats 269

15 The President in His Bloody Palace 294

16 Whose Side Are You On? 325

17 The Snake Bites Back 352

18 The Weathermen of Kandahar 372

19 We'll Always Have Kabul 395

20 Death of a Poet 411

21 Meeting Colonel Imam 433

Part III The Good War

22 The View From Washington 457

23 All About the Politics 470

24 The Butcher of Mumbai 480

25 Losing the Moral High Ground in Margaritaville 493

26 Chairman Mullen and the Cadillac of the Skies 512

Part IV Getting Out

27 Killing bin Laden 543

Postscript: War Never Leaves You 573

Appendix: The Costs of War 600

Acknowledgements 601

Notes 605

Select Bibliography 613

Illustration Credits 617

Index 619

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