- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Profile Books Ltd; Auflage: Main. (1. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 184668062X
- ISBN-13: 978-1846680625
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,6 x 19,8 cm
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Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2012
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This book finally dispels many of the Cold War myths surrounding the Soviet-Afghan war. It offers the most nuanced, sympathetic and comprehensive account yet. -- Rory Stewart An outstanding book ... these accounts provide a fascinating insight not only into the war but also into Soviet society * THES * A splendid read, full of interesting material, and essential for anyone trying to understand the Russians * BBC History Magazine * This bids fair to become the standard history, but it is a kind of parable too. Here is a battery of facts, intervoven with human stories, soldiers' tales and a thousand flashes of individual experience gathered in interview. For the mountain of evidence he has assembled before a generation passes away, historians (including Russian historians) will always be grateful; but Braithwaite's immense, urgent project offers more than a history, but a cool and deadly assessment of the mess that Power can get itself into. He never overstates; there is more tragedy here than villainy, more confusion than conspiracy; and the abiding impression is not so much shocking as unutterably sad. The read-across to other nations' wars leaps at you from every page. -- Matthew Parris
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Rodric Braithwaite spent much of his Foreign Office career dealing with Russia. He was British Ambassador in Moscow during the fall of the Soviet Union, about which he wrote in Across the Moscow River (2002, Yale). His book Moscow 1941 [Profile, 9781846687748] was a bestseller, translated into seventeen languages. He was subsequently adviser to the Prime Minister, John Major, and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He writes and speaks regularly about Russia, and is currently writing about the nuclear confrontation in the Cold War. He lives in London.
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Ambassador Braithwaite's classical education shows in his writing style. He exhibits a genuine depth of feeling for the incredible mix of tribal, ethnic, and religious identities among whom he lived.
I agree with other reviewers who have pointed out the uncanny parallels between the untenable Soviet position in Afghanistan and that of the U.S. in Vietnam. Braithwaite's analysis of the USSR's entry into the conflict is nuanced and sophisticated. This conflict has been portrayed by authors I've studied in both Russian and English as a juggernaut controlling a puppet regime by force or a rescue of a civilized minority from a barbaric majority. Braithwaite defly avoids both of these stereotypes.
The descriptions of the mountainous beauty of Afghanistan and its loving and lovable people made this an enjoyable read. I gave this book to a young Captain with confidence that it would broaden his understanding of both Russian and American experiences in Afghanistan. A great English language historical source and good fun.
I was stationed in West Berlin when the Russians moved into Afghanistan. The day they moved - we went on alert. As I drew my weapon and protective mask all we were told was the "Russia had invaded Afghanistan." I presume that the higher ups were worried that this was a dual pronged event. By late evening it looked like "Ivan" was coming through the wall so we stood down. The air was tense until the situation in Afghanistan became more evident to higher authority. Reading Afghantsy put events that took place that night in West Berlin into perspective 35 years later and ended conjectures in my mind.