The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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The Soviet war in Afghanistan was a grueling debacle that has striking lessons for the twenty-first century. In The Great Gamble, Gregory Feifer examines the conflict from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground. In gripping detail, he vividly depicts the invasion of a volatile country that no power has ever successfully conquered. A riveting account as seen through the eyes of the men who fought in the war, The Great Gamble tells an unforgettable story full of drama, action, and political intrigue whose relevance in our own time is greater than ever.

  

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Review: The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

Starts with a brief history of the country and then picks up the narrative right after the withdraw of British forces and ends with the American Invasion. This is a very well done book that covers both the individual soldier as well as the broad overview of politics and goals. Read full review

Review: The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

User Review  - Marcus - Goodreads

While it is undeniably well-written and informative book, its somewhat peculiar structure and author's focus on predictable side-issues leave me somewhat disapointed with this book. I am unable to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Invasion
55
The Soviets Dig In
85
The Mujahideen Fight Back
120
The Soviets Seek Victory
152
The Tide Turns
192
Endgame
218
Aftermath
255
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About the author (2009)

Gregory Feifer is the former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio. He was educated at Harvard University and lives in Prague with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Sebastian.

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