The Great Gamble: the Soviet war in Afghanistan

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The Soviet war in Afghanistan was a grueling debacle that has striking lessons for American foreign policy today. In The Great Gamble, Gregory Feifer examines the war from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground. During the last years of the Cold War, the Soviet Union sent some of its most elite troops to unfamiliar lands in Central Asia to fight a vaguely defined enemy, which eventually defeated their superior number with unconventional tactics. Although the Soviet leadership initially saw the invasion as a victory, many Russian soldiers came to view the war as a demoralizing and devastating defeat, the consequences of which had a substantial impact on the Soviet Union and its collapse.

Feifer's extensive research includes fascinating interviews with participants from both sides of the conflict. In gripping detail, he vividly depicts the invasion of a volatile country that no power has ever successfully conquered. Parallels between the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are impossible to ignore: Both conflicts were waged amid vague ideological rhetoric about freedom. Both were roundly condemned by the outside world for trying to impose their favored forms of government on countries with very different ways of life. And both seem destined to end on uncertain terms. The Great Gamble tells an unforgettable story full of drama, action, and political intrigue whose relevance in our own time is greater than ever.

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Feifer's extensive research includes fascinating interviews with participants from both sides of the conflict. In gripping detail, he vividly depicts the invasion of a volatile country that no power has ever successfully conquered. Parallels between the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are impossible to ignore: Both conflicts were waged amid vague ideological rhetoric about freedom. Both were roundly condemned by the outside world for trying to impose their favored forms of government on countries with very different ways of life. And both seem destined to end on uncertain terms. The Great Gamble tells an unforgettable story full of drama, action, and political intrigue whose relevance in our own time is greater than ever.

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subject_facetAfghanistan -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1979-1989
HISTORY / Asia / Central Asia
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
History / Military / Other
Russia -- History -- 1917-1991, Soviet Union -- History, Military
Soviet Union -- History, Military
title_displayThe Great Gamble The Soviet War in Afghanistan
title_fullThe Great Gamble The Soviet War in Afghanistan
The great gamble : [sound recording] the Soviet war in Afghanistan / Gregory Feifer
The great gamble : the Soviet war in Afghanistan [electronic resource] / Gregory Feifer
title_shortThe Great Gamble
title_subthe Soviet war in Afghanistan
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History, Military
Military
Nonfiction