Following the events of September 11, 2001, the world was riveted as American military power contested the legendary warrior culture of Afghanistan. By spring 2002, America began to draw down its forces, its mission accomplished: The Afghan Taliban regime has been overthrown and the terrorists it harbored were on the run. Was America's easy victory proof of its military superiority, or were the Afghans merely eyeing the newcomers as they have watched foreign armies in centuries past, knowing time is on their side? For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroadsnot just for armies but for clashes between civilizationsthe Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, and Tartars, and in more recent times, Britain and Russia. Now America must face a new enemy on this landa land that for centuries has become a graveyard of empires past.This first-ever complete military history of Afghanistan illuminates the broad historical context into which American forces have been drawna cautionary tale, perhaps, about the dangers that may lie ahead.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.99(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.96(d)|
About the Author
Stephen Tanner is a New York-based writer who specializes in military history. He was the leading contributor to Great Raids in History: From Drake to Desert One.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Afghanistan: A Military History From Alexander The Great To The Fall Of The Taliban, is too full of details without a corresponding explanation of their importance. The tone is bland and unbiased and yet their is decided preference for British and American viewpoints, some analysis of these the viewpoint would make the story more interesting and the bias more acceptable and probably more convincing.