The Lion's GraveJon Lee Anderson
26 November 2002
Published by Atlantic Books
Two weeks after the terrorist attacks of 11 September, Jon Lee Anderson became one of the first Western journalists to gain access to Afghanistan. Even for a seasoned reporter, the situation was unexpectedly dangerous – there were no clearly demarcated front lines, no electricity or phone lines, and the roads were full of mines and bandits. Anderson stayed in Afghanistan for months, filing first-hand reports for New Yorker on the high-technology conflict in a feudal terrain. The Lion’s Grave brings together these stories, supplemented by vivid unpublished e-mail accounts that transport the reader on to the ground and into the process of war journalism.
Anderson reports from the intriguing court of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the deposed but still-official president of Afghanistan; he witnesses the fall of Kunduz, one of the last Taliban bastions; and he finds evidence that the Taliban were not the austere, self-abnegating men they claimed to be. The Lion’s Grave also includes a previously unpublished account of the urgent search for Osama bin Laden in the caves of Tora Bora. It is destined to become a classic.