The Hidden War by Artyom Borovik
A Russian Journalist's Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan

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Until his death in 2000, Artyom Borovik was considered one of the preeminent journalists in Russia. With The Hidden War he provided the world its first glimpse inside the Soviet military machine, capturing the soldiers' terror, helplessness, and despair at waging war in a foreign land against an unseen enemy for unclear purposes. When first published, Borovik's groundbreaking revelations exposed the weaknesses beneath the Soviet Union's aura of military might, creating an enormous controversy both in Russia and around the world. A vital and fascinating portrait of the Soviet empire at the twilight of its power, this is a book that still resonates today. "An honest and graphic account of individual and general disillusionment during the very worst kind of war." -Christopher Hitchens, New York Newsday; "Alternately fascinating and horrific.... A fascinating look at the life and death of Soviet soldiers." -- Bill Wallace, San Francisco Chronicle; "I have read no other account of the war in Afghanistan equal to this ... this is literature." -- Graham Greene

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Published December 1, 1990 by Atlantic Monthly Pr. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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If nothing else, Afghanistan has produced some brilliant and affecting reportage, Cases in point include Gennady Bocharov's Russian Roulette (p. 975), Radek Sikorski's Dust of the Saints (p. 1313), and now Borovik's haunting appreciation of the USSR's bootless effort to support a puppet regime in...

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Borovik, foreign editor of the Soviet weekly Ogonyok , spent a month with Soviet troops in Afghanistan near the end of the 1979-1988 war. His subjective, impressionistic account is of interest mainly

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"The Hidden War" includes Borovik's well-informed observations on the sinister origins of the war in Afghanistan, its corrosive effects on Soviet morale, and its ominous implications for future encounters between Islam and the secular world.

Jan 02 1991 | Read Full Review of The Hidden War: A Russian Jou...

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