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Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War Against the Talibanby Stephen Tanner
Synopses & Reviews
For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harbored on the run. But Americaand#8217;s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.
Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tannerand#8217;s Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.
Book News Annotation:
Military historian Tanner narrates the military (and associated political) history of Afghanistan, the "Graveyard of Empires," from Alexander the Great's invasion of Asia in 334 BCE to the current American occupation. He chronologically covers the Afghan military adventures of Alexander and his Macedonian successors, Tamerlane, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the imperial powers of the Great Game, the Soviet invasion, the rise of the Taliban, and the American invasion and occupation. If there is an overall lesson to the discussion, it is that the United States should concentrate its military power on rooting out the remnants of al Qaeda and not try "to wage war against an entire people who over 2,500 years of recorded history have always defied conquest." Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An up-to-date edition of the only military history of Afghanistan, including the recent operations by American and Afghan forces fighting the Taliban insurgency
About the Author
Stephen Tanner is a New York-based military historian who has written several highly regarded books, including Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon.
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