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Afghanistan: A Military History From Alexander The Great To The Present Hardcover – Jul 3 2002


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (July 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306811642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306811647
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,514,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book really an insult to people who have spent hard earned money in the hopes of educating themselves on this subject. The author makes such huge assumptions about the actions of America that its just too simply far-fetched to believe. Example: The author incredibly states that Americans were angry at John Walker Lindh only because U.S. troops didn't participate in the ground war. The author obviously has little understanding of American culture and American society and has taken to the usual and often repeated Euro mantra that Americans are a war-hungry society. After such faulty assumptions are made, it is no longer a credible reference tool.
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By Seth J. Frantzman on Sept. 11 2003
Format: Hardcover
I reccomend this in light of our present war in afghanistan. This is a mountainous nation that defeated the Russsians and the British before us. A confounding culture of rival tribes and people that have known war forever. This rugged land is interesting and it has been the center of much intrigue and war for thousands of years. This book tells it all.
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By Wali on July 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
One of the worst books that I have read about Afghanistan. Initially I was really excited about this book, but after reading half it I realized that author had gone to his local library, collected all the books about Afghanistan and copy and pasted...
The author gives 1900 years of afghan history not even half of the book, concentrates too much on Anglo-afghan wars, with a lot of quotations to fill pages, really unscholarly work.
This is anything but a "military" history book. The author does not talk at all about the afghan battle tactics throughout the history. No map of battles, and their formations... this is probably one of the worst books about Afghanistan ever.
Good only for scanning, and casual reading. And off course buy the second hand version of this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Like others, I read Tanner's book in order to gain a greater familiarity with Afghanistan's military history. In this respect, the book succeeds. Tanner's provides a basic overview of the subject without devling too deeply. At times I did get the impression that the author relied too heavily on secondary sources not just for historical details but analysis as well.
The rich and turbulent history of Afghanistan's history kept my attention until the final three chapters as the author moved away from historical narrative into a contemporary review of recent events which are still too close to offer any real historical judgement. That analysis must be left to the next generation to undertake comprehensively. The book lost further continuity as events related but external to Afghanistan itself were incorporated, including a somewhat detailed account of the events on 9/11 and later terrorist activity throughout the Middle East over the past two years.
I was also troubled by the author's inaccurate characterization of certain events (the most glaring being the US intervention in Somalia and Bush/Clinton's roles in the affair) that I have studied. These flaws place some doubt in my mind as to the accuracy of the rest of the book, especially concerning subjects I am less familiar with and the authors own opinions concerning the US military campaign expressed in the afterword.
This book provides an excellent start for someone looking for an introduction to Afghan military history. Read all except the last 2-3 chapters. Anyone looking for a review and analysis of the US military campaign since 2001 should look elsewhere or wait for a more comprehensive treatment of the subject with better sources thant Western press accounts.
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