Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89

History , Asian History
Paperback Published on: 09/02/2012
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Russia's invasion of Afghanistan, told by a former British Ambassador

Twenty-five years ago, when the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan after a gruelling nine-year occupation, they left a legacy obscured by distortion and distrust. Fuelled by Cold War propaganda and the myths of the nineteenth-century Great Game, in many ways it remains so.

The USSR entered the country in 1979 as part of efforts to quash growing anti-Soviet feeling in Kabul. What followed was a particularly brutal and bloody episode in world history - and one that is often credited as setting the stage for the Taliban's takeover in 1996. Basing his account on Russian sources and interviews, Rodric Braithwaite shows the conflict through the eyes of the Russians who fought it - politicians, officers, soldiers, advisers and journalists - moving seamlessly from the high politics of the Kremlin to lonely Russian conscripts in isolated mountain outposts.

This is a powerful and sweeping history of the Soviets in Afghanistan, told with the unique insights of a former Ambassador to Moscow.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781846680625
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 32 mm

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Brilliantly written and thoroughly enthralling. The Soviet invasion if Afghanistan told from various points of view . Cracking book that Bush and Blair sho... READ MORE