Afghanistan by Stephen Tanner
A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban

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For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harbored on the run. But America’s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.

Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tanner’s Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.


About Stephen Tanner

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Stephen Tanner is a New York-based military historian who has written several highly regarded books, including Epic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon.
Published April 28, 2009 by Da Capo Press. 394 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Tanner's new book AFGHANISTAN: A Military History from Alexander.

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The Wargamer

People with an interest in the history of empires, Central Asian history, the history of the Great Game, and current events will all find interesting context and background for their interest in this book.

Nov 08 2003 | Read Full Review of Afghanistan: A Military Histo...

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