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    DescriptionThe 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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    The Great Gamble
    The Soviet War in Afghanistan (MP3 CD)
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gregory Feifer, Narrator Robertson Dean
    Physical properties
    Format: Audio
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 68 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400160570
    ISBN 10: 140016057X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T General Subject: 520
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    B&T Approval Code: A15204060, A44090000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1980, CHRN/1970
    BISAC V2.8: HIS050000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    DC22: 958.1045, 958.104/5
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A15400300
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 54
    LC classification: DS371.2 .F45 2009C
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHD, NHF
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBDR, 1DTA, 1FC
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    06 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    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.
    Review quote
    ""A new side of a long, sorry war that...[Feifer] recounts with skill."" ---The New York Times