One Soldier's War

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Grove Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 395 pages
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One Soldier’s War is a visceral and unflinching memoir of a young Russian soldier’s experience in the Chechen wars that brilliantly captures the fear, drudgery, chaos, and brutality of modern combat. An excerpt of the book was hailed by Tibor Fisher in the Guardian as “right up there with Catch-22 and Michael Herr’s Dispatches ,” and the book won Russia’s inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write “despite, not because of, their life circumstances.” In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war—the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion, filth, and terror—and twists it into compelling, haunting, and eerily elegant prose. Acclaimed by reviewers around the world, this is a devastating first-person account of war by an extraordinary storyteller.

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User Review  - Edward Lengel - Goodreads

Superb, and one of the best war memoirs I've read. Babchenko's account realistically reveals the modern Russian army and its wars in Chechnya--but fundamentally his perspective rings true for soldiers' experiences of every nation and every generation. Read full review

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User Review  - Trui - Goodreads

Plainly the most brutal account of war I've ever read. I read it in Dutch, "De kleur van oorlog", picked it up at the ramsj for a few euros. It haunted me for a long time. If you want to get a REAL ... Read full review


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Mal Warwick, consultant, author, and public speaker, is the founder or cofounder of four affiliated companies: Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc.; Share Group, Inc.; LLC; and Response Management Technologies, Inc. These companies provide a wide range of fundraising and marketing services to nonprofit clients throughout North America. Warwick is the author or editor of ten books on the topic of fundraising, including "The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success,"

Ted Hart is president and CEO of ePhilanthropyFoundation, an organization devoted to fostering secure, private, and ethical online philanthropy. Hart serves on the Association of Fundraisers Professionals' International Board of Directors.

Nick Allen is CEO of LLC, the digital direct marketing company that helps nonprofits use the Internet for fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and e-commerce.
Allen has twenty-five years of experience in building nonprofit organizations, raising money, organizing, and media and public relations. He is the coeditor of the first edition of" Fundraising on the Internet" (Strathmoor Press, 1996)

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