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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Tanner Narrator: Raymond Todd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads not only for armies but also for clashes between civilizations. As the United States engages in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

Alexander the Great conquered Afghanistan on his way to India. Later, because of its strategic location with the Silk Road passing through it, Afghanistan was invaded by Arabs, Mongols, and Tartars. Great Britain tried—and failed—to add Afghanistan to its Indian empire, while Russia tried to expand into the same embattled land. Afghanistan once again fought and defeated a secular government in the face of rising Islamic resistance. Now, America faces a new enemy on this land that has become, over the centuries, the graveyard of empires past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Recounts with brisk authority and many illuminating analogies…This is a noteworthy and valuable book.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Filled with remarkable scholarship…Raymond Todd handles the names of the many nationalities, locations, and individuals well.

    AudioFile

  • “The narrative is engrossing, flowing, informative, intriguing, well researched, and, most importantly, timely…This book is compelling both as an outstanding historical narrative but also as an essential work in helping Western readers understand…the Afghani people.  Expertly read by Raymond Todd.”

    Large Print Review

  • “Interesting, informative, and thought-provoking.”

    Military Heritage

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chad | 2/10/2014

    " Bought it for reference while serving in Afghanistan. Couldn't put it down, very educational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 2/3/2014

    " This was a very interesting book. I previously had been studying the life of Alexander the Great and was fascinated with the history of the region of Afghanistan. Through much of its history, continuous war has been the norm. Great book to read if you are interested in the changes that have taken place in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Patricrk patrick | 1/28/2014

    " In the authors view, Afghanistan is not really a country, but a collection of tribes that really want to be independent and allowed to fight each other as they wish. The borders were drawn by the British to keep Russia away from India and split the largest tribe in two different countries. The fighting strength is the people of the country not the people of the cities. A difficult place to get out of once you stick your head into the honey jar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by LDB | 1/22/2014

    " This book took me forever to read - rather dense. But, in the end, I learned a lot about at least some aspects of Afghan history. It really presents Afghanistan as an intimidating character (both in terms of land and people) and raises the question of whether any external people will ever truly be able to influence what happens within Afghanistan. "

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