Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 (Paperback)Sir Rodric Braithwaite (author)
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 32 mm
An outstanding book ... these accounts provide a fascinating insight not only into the war but also into Soviet society * THES *
A splendid read, full of interesting material, and essential for anyone trying to understand the Russians * BBC History Magazine *
This bids fair to become the standard history, but it is a kind of parable too. Here is a battery of facts, intervoven with human stories, soldiers' tales and a thousand flashes of individual experience gathered in interview. For the mountain of evidence he has assembled before a generation passes away, historians (including Russian historians) will always be grateful; but Braithwaite's immense, urgent project offers more than a history, but a cool and deadly assessment of the mess that Power can get itself into. He never overstates; there is more tragedy here than villainy, more confusion than conspiracy; and the abiding impression is not so much shocking as unutterably sad. The read-across to other nations' wars leaps at you from every page. -- Matthew Parris
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