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Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban

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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 America’s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces ...
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Overview


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 America’s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.

Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tanner’s Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.

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HistoryWire.com, 5/18/09
“In an age in which events in the Middle East threaten increasingly to spin out of control, few books could be as timely as this history of Afghanistan.”

The Middle East, June 2009
“Illuminates the broad historical context into which our forces have been drawn…[A] carefully researched account.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306818264
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition, Revised Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 451,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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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    Christmas gift - Recommend

    I have a grandson who is very interested in history. I bought this for him because Afghanistan is the war of his generation and I thought he should know both about the country and past and current U.S. involvement over there.

    A few days after Christmas he was very excited to tell me about as much as he had read and recommend that his mother read it so they can discuss it. I had to ask him if he will let me read it as well. LOL

    I do believe I can safely and enthusiastically recommend this book. If I do get the chance to read it, I will write a different brand of review.

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