The Invaded Alan McPherson. For the Afghans, the suffering continues to this day. Whilst it took some getting used to the way Braithwaite jumps around with the chronology, you soon get a feel for the ebb and flow of time during the decade long intervention. Mar 25, Evan Rocher rated it really liked it. Show 25 25 50 All.

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Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-1989 – review

He then entered the Foreign Service and, among other postings, had two tours in Moscow, the second as British Ambassador from to If you're a senior military official or a politician and go to war in Afghanistan without reading this book, you are grossly negligent. However, the PDPA regime did not understand this and cajoled the local afgantzy by imposing communism, for which Afghanistan was not ripe.

Jun 09, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: A combination of interviews, primary materials, and direct insight reveals complexity and nuance Braithwaite does, indeed, point out some differences with the American experience among all the similarities.

Leading Personalities Annex 3: And Russia has managed, more or less, to bind its wounds and move on. The fighting of the war is covered in detail and reveals all the usual muggle and horror of any military at war together with the inability to learn from the mistakes of those who went before and the costly need to learn from scratch.

They intended to establish a stable, friendly government, secure the major towns, and train the police and armed forces before making a rapid exit. Jul 04, Lobezno Meneses rated it it was amazing Shelves: As is clear from the text while the 40th Army was anything but militarily defeated the force was too small to hold territory which was taken often at great cost to the Soviet military. The invasion was a defensive response to a chaotic situation in the Soviets' immediate neighbor.

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Mar 04, Mansoor Azam rated it liked it. Author Rodric Braithwaite provides unparalled and unique insights into the Russian invasion and occupation of Afghanistan from to Want to Read saving…. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves. He has again applied these resources to this book. Having said that Braithwaite does state that Najibullah the president when xfgantsy Soviets left is Afghanistan's most popular leader to date and the fact that Soviet soldiers were able to return as civilians to the warzones mere months later and face no danger, hatred or suspicion from the populace suggests some success must certainly have been made.

Another afgansy was just how much the Soviets hushed afgzntsy their involvement to the Soviet people. Events are not covered chronologically and there is no great detail about any one part of the war save for the storming of the Taj Bell Palace in Or they listened to the songs of the soldier-bards, the people who afganfsy shared their trials, songs which became very popular, to the consternation of the authorities.

Having spent three years there myself, I had opportunities to visit some of the very battle sites described in the book, as well as see the acres and acres of discarded Soviet military hardware littering the harsh barren landscapes. But the Americans wanted to get their revenge for their Vietnam humiliation, so they armed and trained Authoritative book on the Russian Afghan intervention from the Russian perspective.

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John Ikenberry Book review: Feb 22, Akrabar rated it it was amazing Shelves: I knew little, and I was keen to learn, so I've given it five stars because it was fantastically useful to me. I've had to put down four or five of the past history books I've read on account of how bland they were, but this was something else.

It is a great story-but it never happened.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In his treatment and analysis of the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan Braithwaite is fair and unsensational. The Ghost of Freedom Charles King. So, hence my qualification above:

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