One Soldier's War

One Soldier's War


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One Soldier's War by Arkady Babchenko

One Soldier’s War is a visceral and unflinching memoir of a young Russian soldier’s experience in the Chechen wars that brilliantly captures the fear, drudgery, chaos, and brutality of modern combat. An excerpt of the book was hailed by Tibor Fisher in the Guardian as “right up there with Catch-22 and Michael Herr’s Dispatches,” and the book won Russia’s inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write “despite, not because of, their life circumstances.” In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war—the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion, filth, and terror—and twists it into compelling, haunting, and eerily elegant prose. Acclaimed by reviewers around the world, this is a devastating first-person account of war by an extraordinary storyteller.

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ISBN-13: 9780802144034
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 380,648
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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One Soldier's War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Raybo21 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've seen written from perspective of Russian soldier and from the Russia's Chechen War. The author provides an insight to the Russia military where beatings, lack of discipline and crime are rampant within the ranks. The beginning was tedious due to the numerous beatings that the author and his buddies received while they were in-transit to Chechnya. The story becomes better upon arrival to the war. The last few chapters seem out of place. The author returns home, but last few chapters go back and describe aspects of the war. They seem like they were added at the last minute. But this is not to say that these chapters don't have jewels of information. I would definitely recommend this book to the military historian. It has the soldier's personal perspective. This account provides pertinent information that the official history overlooks/omits.
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