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For millennia the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies, and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, Tartar, and in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. Many people in the U.S. have no idea of the hidden dimensions that lay beneath the current situation. Films such as Charlie Wilson's War and The Man Who Would Be King have served only to further confuse what's actually happening. Gould points out, "At this late date the American mainstream media is still delivering a lot of the propaganda aspects of the story about Afghanistan, when it was put out in the 1980s. [There are] a lot of Americans, who are very anxious about supporting a good policy, but have no idea how to know when they are being offered a good policy." Now, with the increasing involvement of the U.S. in Afghanistan, it behooves every American to learn as much as possible. This extraordinary dialogue is your opportunity. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald, a husband and wife team, began working together in 1979, co-producing a documentary, The Arms Race and the Economy: A Delicate Balance, for Paul's television show, "Watchworks." Soon they found themselves in the midst of a swirling controversy that was to boil over a few months later with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. As the first American journalists to delve deeply inside the story, they not only got a view of an unseen Afghan life, but a revelatory look at how the U.S. defined itself against the rest of the world under the veil of superpower confrontation.
Together they are the authors of:
To learn more about the work of Gould and Fitzgerald go to invisiblestory.com or grailwerk.com.
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