The Afghan Campaign

The Afghan Campaign

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Alexander the Great's campaign in the Afghan kingdoms began in the summer of 330BC. It lasted for three brutal years and proved the most bloody and ruthless he and his army ever fought...Among the ranks of Macedonian infantry is Matthias. The youngest of three brothers, he is eager to prove himself, but as he joins the frontline, he comes to realise that warfare has changed. The Macedonians face a new kind of enemy, and must learn to fight a new kind of war. Experiencing fear, euphoria, horror and shame, Matthias and his comrades undergo a rite of passage as they, soldiers of a Western force whose code is secular and humanist, confront a proud Eastern warrior people who possess a fervent willingness to die for their cause. Just to survive, Alexander's men must shake off the trappings of 'civilization' and adopt the same unorthodox and barbaric tactics as their foe - but at what cost? Set against the harsh, unrelenting Afghan landscape, this thrilling novel reveals a profound understanding of the hopes and fears of men in battle and has important things to say about the nature of wars past...and present.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 32mm | 158.76g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Maps
  • 0553817973
  • 9780553817973
  • 138,315

About Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the classic historical bestsellers Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons and Alexander: The Virtues of War. He lives in California.show more

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"Pressfield's talent is awesome...The Afghan Campaign is an extraordinary work, an instant classic" -- DAVID GEMMELL "An impressive scholar and gifted storyteller...the finest military writer alive" -- STEPHEN COONTS "No one writes better historical fiction than Steven Pressfield" -- VINCE FLYNNshow more

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"An impressive scholar and gifted storyteller...the finest military writer alive"show more

Back cover copy

Summer 330 BC: and Alexander the Great began his assault on the unknown, unconquered part of the world we now call Afghanistan. IThe campaign was to last for three brutal years and proved to be the bloodiest he and his army ever fought. Among the ranks of Macedonian infantry is Matthias. The youngest of three brothers, he is eager to prove himself. But the reality is that they face a new kind of enemy: fiercely proud warrior tribes whose beliefs inspire a passionate willingness to die for their cause. Experiencing fear, euphoria, horror and shame, Matthias and his comrades undergo a brutal rite of passage. They must learn to fight a new kind of war. To survive, they must shake off the trappings of 'civilization'; to win, they must adopt the same barbaric tactics as their foe. But at what cost? Set against the imposing, implacable Afghan landscape, Steven Pressfield's powerful new bestseller demonstrates a profound understanding of the hopes and fears of men in battle and has important things to say about the nature of wars past - and present.show more

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3 24% (708)
2 4% (112)
1 1% (33)
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