The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

by Gregory Feifer


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“Fascinating….A highly readable history of the conflict.” —New York Times Book Review

In The Great Gamble, a groundbreaking account of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer vividly depicts the war that contributed greatly to the demise of the USSR, and that offers striking lessons for the 21st century, as well. Told from the perspective of the Russians who fought it, The Great Gamble offers valuable insight into the history of Afghanistan’s troubled government and the rise of the Mujahideen and Al-Qaeda. In the words of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Feifer has done truly extraordinary research… For all its heft, [The Great Gamble] is an effortless read—an unusual and gratifying combination.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061143199
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 189,274
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gregory Feifer is the former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio. He was educated at Harvard University and lives in Prague with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Sebastian.

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Powers

“Feifer brings to life in spirited detail the bloody, eight-year struggle that killed a million Afghans and tens of thousands of Russians and broke the back of the Soviet Union, which disappeared within two years of the war’s end. You think it can’t happen to us? Read Feifer.”

Thomas Ricks

“This is a provocative and important book, telling us what the Soviet military was thinking and feeling as it lost its war in Afghanistan. Gregory Feifer vividly shows that their campaigns there amounted to a manual of how not to do it.”

From the Publisher

"A new side of a long, sorry war that...[Feifer] recounts with skill." —-The New York Times

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