Afgantsy: The Russians In Afghanistan, 1979-1989.


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The story of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan is well known: the expansionist Communists overwhelmed a poor country as a means of reaching a warm-water port on the Persian Gulf. Afghan mujahideen upset their plans, holding on with little more than natural fighting skills, until CIA agents came to the rescue with American arms. Humiliated in battle, the Soviets hastily retreated. It's a great story, writes Rodric Braithwaite. But it never happened. The Russian conscripts suffered badly from mismanagement and strategic errors, but they were never defeated on the battlefield, and withdrew in good order. In this brilliant, myth-busting account, Braithwaite - the former British ambassador to Moscow - challenges much of what we know about the Soviets in Afghanistan. He provides an inside look at this little-understood episode, using first-hand accounts and piercing analysis to show the war as it was fought and experienced by the Russians. The invasion, he writes, was a defensive response to a chaotic situation in the Soviets' immediate neighbor. They intended to establish a stable, friendly government, secure the major towns, and train the police and armed forces before making a rapid exit. But the mission escalated, as did casualties. In fact, the Soviet leadership decided to pull out a year before the first Stinger missile was used in combat. Braithwaite does not, of course, paint the occupation as a Russian triumph. To the contrary, he illustrates the searing effect of the brutal conflict on soldiers, their families, and the broader public, as returning veterans--the Afgansty of the title - struggled to regain their footing back home. A fine writer as well as an expert, Braithwaite carries readers through these complex and momentous events, capturing those violent and tragic days as no one has done before. Features * Author was the British Ambassador to Moscow during the conflict * Makes use of Russian sources not available in English * Draws parallels to the present-day conflict in Afghanistan "Set to be the definitive account of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, overturning several myths along the way." - The Sunday Times "A minor masterpiece." - The Observer "The author...may well have written the definitive account of this war." - The Irish Examiner "A masterful new book...that explains the tangled events leading up to the Soviet invasion and provides fresh insights into the war that followed...With America beginning its own slow retreat from Afghanistan, this is an important book." - Newsweek "The most nuanced, sympathetic, and comprehensive account yet of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan ... this book finally dispels many of the Cold War myths." - Rory Stewart, author of The Places In Between "[Braithwaite] is one of the most vivid, emotionally engaged diplomats to have turned to the pen." - Financial Times "An outstanding book ... these accounts provide a fascinating insight not only into the war but also into Soviet society." - Times Higher Education "Sir Rodric Braithwaite...has amassed a gold mine of sources for this timely study." - Sunday Telegraph Rodric Braithwaite was British ambassador in Moscow from 1988 to 1992, and is now chairman of the International Advisory Council of the Moscow School of Political Studies. He is the author of Moscow 1941 and Across the Moscow River.

Title: Afgantsy: The Russians In Afghanistan, 1979-1989.


Categories: AFGHANISTAN.,

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 2011.:

ISBN Number: 019983265X

ISBN Number 13: 9780199832651

Binding: h

Book Condition: Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book.

Seller ID: 73801X2

Keywords: (Key Words: Afgantsy, Russians, Soviet Union, Afghanistan, 1980s, Rodric Braithwaite, Russian Occupation).