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A list of key readings about Afghanistan.
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  • Fletcher, A. Afghanistan: The Highway of Conquest. Cornell University Press, 1966
  • Gregorian, Vartan. The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan. Stanford University Press, 1968

20th century

  • Adamec, L. Afghanistan’s Foreign Affairs to the Mid-Twentieth Century. University of Arizona Press, 1974.


  • Amstutz, J. B. Afghanistan: The First Five Years of Soviet Occupation. National Defense University, 1986
  • Cordsman, Anthony H., and A. R. Wagner. The Lessons of Modern War. Vol. 3, The Afghan and Falkland Conflicts. Westview, 1991.
  • Kakar, M. Hassan. Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982 University of California Press, 1997 complete edition online
  • Klass, R., ed. Afghanistan: The Great Game Revisited. Freedom House, 1987.
  • Saikal, A., and W. Miley, eds. The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Cambridge University Press, 1989.