This book examines the history of Afghanistan since prehistoric times and through the mid-1980s. It’s provides a rich narrative which gives the reader a clearer picture and deeper understanding of Afghanistan’s past, as well as a broader context in which to understand current events. Since this book was penned, U.S. imperialism and the people of Afghanistan’s resistance to it have opened a whole new chapter that is still being written.
“The knowledge of a nation’s past enables one to better understand the present and grasp the significance of traditional views and institutions in present-day life, and the extent of their influence on the social, economic, political and cultural processes going on in the country. This, of course, pertains to Afghanistan, whose people accomplished a national-democratic revolution in April 1978, the first genuine social revolution in its history.”