The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan (MP3 CD)

The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan (MP3 CD)

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By (author) Gregory Feifer, Narrator Robertson Dean

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 190mm x 15mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 6 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 140016057X
  • ISBN 13: 9781400160570
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,048,860

Product description

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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Author information

Gregory Feifer, the Moscow correspondent for NPR, has reported and written for several international media outlets and is coauthor of "Spy Handler." Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of "AudioFile" magazine's Best Voices of 2010.

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""A new side of a long, sorry war that...[Feifer] recounts with skill."" ---The New York Times