August in Kabul

America's last days in Afghanistan

Andrew Quilty
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August in Kabul

Published

2 August 2022

ISBN

9780522878769

Pages

304

Weight

445g

Size

234mm x 154mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

August in Kabul

America's last days in Afghanistan

Andrew Quilty
Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of Kabul, Walkley award-winning journalist Andrew Quilty's debut publication offers a remarkable record of this historic moment
As night fell on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Kabul capital of Afghanistan. After a 20-year conflict with the United States, its Western allies and a proxy Afghan government, the Islamic militant group once aligned with al Qaeda was about to bury yet another foreign foe in the graveyard of empires. And for the US, the superpower, this was yet another foreign disaster. As cities and towns fell to the Taliban in rapid succession, Western troops and embassy staff scrambled to flee a country of which its government had lost control. To the world, Kabul in August looked like Saigon in 1975. August in Kabul is the story of how America's longest mission came to an abrupt and humiliating end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down: a young woman who harbours dreams of a university education; a presidential staffer who works desperately…
As night fell on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. After a 20-year conflict with the United States, its Western allies and a proxy Afghan government, the Islamic militant group once aligned with al Qaeda was about to bury yet another foreign foe in the graveyard of empires. And for the US, the superpower, this was yet another foreign disaster. As cities and towns fell to the Taliban in rapid succession, Western troops and embassy staff scrambled to flee a country of which its government had lost control. To the world, Kabul in August looked like Saigon in 1975. August in Kabul is the story of how America's longest mission came to an abrupt and humiliating end, told through the eyes of Afghans whose lives have been turned upside down: a young woman who harbours dreams of a university education; a presidential staffer who works desperately to hold things together as the government collapses around him; a prisoner in the notorious Bagram Prison who suddenly finds himself free when prison guards abandon their post. Andrew Quilty was one of a handful of Western journalists who stayed in Kabul as the city fell. This is his first-hand account of those dramatic final days.

Beautifully written...a very fine book.”
Virginia Trioli

Over decades in broadcasting I’ve been privileged to have close associations with many of the world’s most courageous and insightful foreign correspondents. In the case of Afghanistan it has been an honour to have the contributions of Andrew Quilty. He sees with clarity and uses words wonderfully, spoken or written, as this heartbreaking book attests.”
Phillip Adams

A compelling, thought provoking must-read about the days leading up to the fall of Kabul and its aftermath from a photo-journalist who spent almost a decade living in Afghanistan, capturing both its sorrows and its joys.”
Yalda Hakim

Raw, immediate, compassionately written and deeply sourced, Andrew Quilty’s unique account of the debacle in Kabul is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how a two-decade effort collapsed in defeat, why it happened so quickly, and what the resulting deadly chaos meant for ordinary Afghans.”
David Kilcullen

Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty

Andrew Quilty is the recipient of nine Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley, for his work on Afghanistan, where he has been based since 2013. He has also received the George Polk Award, the World Press Photo Award and the Overseas Press Club of America award for his investigation into massacres committed by a CIA-backed Afghan militia. August in Kabul is his first book.

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