*Impressive and wide-ranging,* The Sunday Times.
*Fluent and persuasive prose ... admirably clear,* New Statesman.
*A moving example of how history can be written. Smith's account of the historical background to the conflict reads like a novel, but better, because it also has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a peculiarly horrible war,* Literary Review.
*This is a riveting book, written with almost seemless elegance. But Allah's Mountains is not simply a reportage. In a commendable effort to go beyond the present facts, Smith has delved deeply into the broader Caucasian context, steeping himself in the knowledge of its myriad peoples, cultures and languages,* International Affairs.
*Sebastian Smith's Allah's Mountains is a riveting battle by battle account,* The Tablet.
*Excellent, readable, insightful,* Jane's Intelligence Review.
*Smith's book is exceptionally well written, alternating between hard reporting and more personal vignettes that give the flavour and emotional colouring of the area,* The Moscow Times.
Smith's impressive and wide-ranging book shows what a volatile mixture it will all continue to be.
This is a riveting book...Written with almost seamless elegance rendering the vicissitudes of the war in sometimes stunning detail.
A correspondent for the English-language service of Agence France- Presse, Sebastian first visited the North Caucasus in the summer of 1994, just after Chechnya had declared unilateral independence. His account is definitely from the perspective of the rebels. He includes a battery of clear maps. The first edition appeared in 1998. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)