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Ulrich Ladurner - One Night in Kabul

What are we doing in Afghanistan?

Democracy, human rights, rule of law – it is in the name of these ideals that the West is fighting a war against the Taliban and against terror. Ulrich Ladurner reports from the sites of conflict, where central values of the Western world are being damaged. His journey leads him through a land full of opposites as he follows the traces of conquests and defeats. He looks back on the lively past of an old battlefield that has been both an American and European obsession and tells us about the lives of its people. His stories help us understand why the Great Powers are failing in Afghanistan. A hi(story) book on enemy images and the power of memory, seeking an answer to the controversial question of what we are doing in Afghanistan.

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with a preface by Helmut Schmidt
256 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701732050
Release date: 20.08.2010

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Author
Ulrich Ladurner

born in 1962 in Meran, studied Political Science and History in Innsbruck. Since 1999 he writes as a reporter for “Die Zeit” from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistand and Pakistan. Numerous publications

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Ulrich Ladurner’s travel stories about the Afghan present and history create a suction that captures the reader in a way that makes you forget time and place. A book that you want to devour – you can’t pay an author a better compliment. DEUTSCHLANDFUNK, Daniel Blum

... a brilliantly written and, likewise, clear-sighted book that introduces the reader to important facts about Afghanistan and the geostrategies of the world powers. PROFIL

... a novel, a report, a non-fictional book and most of all absolutely worth-reading for all, who are touched by the topic Afgahnistan. MÄRKISCHE ALLGEMEINE

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