Night Letters

Night Letters : Inside Wartime Afghanistan

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A harrowing account from the front lines of the Afghan civil war. Rob Schultheis fell in love with Afghanistan in the 1970s when it was a wild, unspoiled country that had barely changed in the past 500 years. When this ancient land suddenly plunged into civil war between a Soviet-backed Communist government and implacable Muslim rebels, Schultheis found himself drawn to telling its heartbreaking story. Throughout the 1980s, he reported on the war from the front lines, risking his life time after time as he penetrated into the mountains of Afghanistan with the mujahedin insurgents. This book is a first-person chronicle that conveys the nature of a war where men armed with bolt-action rifles squared off against tanks and helicopter gun ships - weapons that could, and routinely did, reduce an ancient village to rubble in minutes. Yet the outgunned and outnumbered mujahedin never considered giving up the fight. Ultimately, they exhausted the Soviet occupiers. Not without reason was Afghanistan called "the Soviet's Vietnam".
A cautionary tale for superpowers, a stark reminder of the barbarity of war and, most of all, a tale of the resilient human spirit, "Night Letters" now includes a new introduction by the author written in the wake of the terrorist attacks on America, offering a glimpse into what the future of Afghanistan holds for the rest of the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • 1585745642
  • 9781585745647

About Rob Schultheis

ROB SCHULTHEIS lives in Telluride, Colorado. He has covered Afghanistan for several publications, including Time, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Examiner, and The New York Times Magazine. His previous books are Bone Games, The Hidden West, and Fool's Gold.
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