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The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan
Author: Gregory Feifer
ISBN 13: 9780061143199
ISBN 10: 61143197
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2010-01-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 326
List Price: $15.99

A groundbreaking account of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of the men who fought it, from NPR's Moscow correspondent.

The Barnes & Noble Review

To stumble into Afghanistan is to stumble into history -- or at least to stumble into a trap laid by historians, whereby any foreign occupier of the country is compared, all too tediously, to his failed predecessors. Notice the hierarchy of these comparisons. If the historian draws parallels to the armies of Alexander the Great, he does you an honor: Alexander's empire had at least conquered the known world before Afghanistan undid it. Analogies to the Anglo-Afghan Wars and Elphinstone's army in 1842 are less flattering, and more menacing. And if the historian remarks that your unit is "just like the 154th Spetsnaz Detachment," he is saying not only that you're doomed to ignominious defeat but also that you're too historically ignorant to realize when you're being insulted.