[act-ma] Afghan Untold Story, Cambridge Forum, Feb 4

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7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 4,  2009
Cambridge Forum
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Cambridge, MA 02138

Free and Open to the Public

Press Release					
On February 4 at Cambridge Forum, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, authors of INVISIBLE HISTORY: AFGHANISTAN’S UNTOLD STORY address Afghan policy choices facing President Obama.

When Americans needed to know accurately the complex history of Afghanistan, traced back over 10,000 years, why were we given exactly the opposite in incorrect, simplistic, pro US “Cold War” images in Dan Rather’s TV reports and the film, Charles Wilson’s War?  What should the U.S. government have told citizens before 9/11 but kept secret?  How can President Obama create a new  policy without repeating past mistakes of Britain, the USSR and the Bush Administration—that builds lasting good will toward the U.S.?

Widely considered America’s leading journalists interpreting Afghanistan, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, a husband-wife team, were the first US television crew granted visas to enter Afghanistan in the spring of 1981.  They arrived in the heated Cold War era, but the people they found did not fit the pre-conceived, stereotyped Cold War bias desired by their employer, CBS.  In 1983, they produced, a landmark PBS documentary, Afghanistan Between Three Worlds.  In the 80s and 90s, they continued writing about Afghanistan: a script with Oliver Stone, reports for ABC’s Nightline and a book about human rights and women, Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future.  

Book signing courtesy of Harvard Book Store follows the program.

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