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Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89. Rodric Braithwaite by Rodric Braithwaite (2011)


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This was a balanced and sympathetic account of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. The author draws many parallels with the much larger American involvement in Vietnam, with one important difference - whereas the North Vietnamese regime was disciplined, coherent, and united, the Afghan mujaheddin were (and are) anything but. The author drives home the raw deal handed to the troops on the ground in a fresh and lucid manner. ( )
  oparaxenos | Nov 27, 2015 |
Great insight. We need more books like this. ( )
  clarkland | Dec 17, 2014 |
This was absolutely superb. It was an excellent descriptive, highly readable account of what happened, with great interludes describing individuals experiences on the ground as well as the effects that political decisions had on the conflict. Required reading for anyone with an interest in the Cold War ( )
  aadyer | Jun 10, 2011 |
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As a former ambassador to Moscow, Rodric Braithwaite brings unique insights to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game. It moves from high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isolated mountain outposts. The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves.… (more)

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