Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Taliban

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Da Capo Press, 2009 - HISTORY - 393 pages
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For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harbored on the run. But America’s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.

Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tanner’s Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.

  

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This book was more or less what the title promised. It was a good overview of the military history of the country from the earliest days of written or known history of the region to the more detailed ... Read full review

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Contents

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
17
THE PRIZE OF CONQUEST
53
THE MONGOLS
81
THE RISE OF AFGHANISTAN
109
THE GREAT GAME
129
THE TRIUMPH OF THE TRIBES
155
VICTORIAN VENGEANCE
189
THE SOVIETS
221
THE MUJAHIDEEN
243
THE RISE OF THE TALIBAN
271
THE AMERICANS
289
PASHTUNISTAN
321
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Stephen Tanner is a New York-based military historian who has written several highly regarded books, including Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon.

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