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Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnyaby Sebastian Smith
Synopses & Reviews
This book explores the defeat of the Russian army in Chechnya in 1994-96, just three years before Moscow entered another savage war to subdue the turbulent republic. This mountainous region is the most unstable and strategic part of the Russian Federation, an ethnic and geopolitical tinderbox crisscrossed by billion-dollar oil pipelines serving the vast oil riches of the Caspian Sea. The author looks at how the ethnic pride of the North Caucasians is at risk and the effect this could have on the Russians.
Book News Annotation:
A correspondent for the English-language service of Agence France- Presse, Sebastian first visited the North Caucasus in the summer of 1994, just after Chechnya had declared unilateral independence. His account is definitely from the perspective of the rebels. He includes a battery of clear maps. The first edition appeared in 1998. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This extensively revised paperback edition explores at first-hand the extraordinary defeat of the Russian army in Chechnya. It puts one of the most savage wars of recent years into the context of the predominantly Moslem North Caucasus region - an ethnic and geopolitical tinderbox.
About the Author
Sebastian Smith has been a correspondent in Washington, Moscow and London.
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“The vestiges of Russian Power in the region, and the simmering separatism of the Caucasian republic, can now be added to oil....Smith’s impressive and wide-ranging book shows what a volatile mixture it will all continue to be.” —Philip Marsden, Sunday Times (UK)
“This is a riveting book...Written with almost seamless elegance rendering the vicissitudes of the war in sometimes stunning detail.” —International Affairs
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