Afgantsy by Rodric Braithwaite
The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89. Rodric Braithwaite

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A former British ambassador to Moscow, Braithwaite has great sympathy for the Afgantsy, the traumatised Russian veterans of Afghanistan.
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In a timely and eye-opening book Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan (after Alexander's conquests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes). Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews he shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officers, soldiers, advisers, journalist, women. As former ambassador to Moscow, Rodric Braithwaite brings unique insights to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game. It moves from the high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isolated mountain outposts. The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves. 'A superb achievement of narrative history, sensitive writing and exciting fresh research': so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore about Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941. But those words, and many others of praise that were given it, could equally apply to his new book.
 

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Rodric Braithwaite was British Ambassador to Moscow during the crucial years of 1988-92. Subsequently he was foreign policy advisor to John Major. His books include Across the Moscow River and the highly praised and bestselling Moscow 1941 (Profile).
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Profile Books(GB). 417 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Feb 21 2012

A former British ambassador to Moscow, Braithwaite has great sympathy for the Afgantsy, the traumatised Russian veterans of Afghanistan.

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