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  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen Tanner
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    For more than 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 a result of the United States' engaging in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

    Alana says: "Afghanistan: A Military History"
    "Two issues..."
    Overall

    The book offered a compelling and engaging history of a nation so important to the world in the beginning of the new century.

    However, Tanner completely botched the account of the Battle of Mogudishu in 1993 (he states that Pres. Bush called for the withdrawal when it was actually Clinton).

    Also, I detected a bit of subtle anti-Israeli sentiment in the epilogue.

    His fears of America as a robotic military superpower are slightly absurd. These two wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) have proven that boots on the ground will not be replaced by technology in our lifetimes. These so called "robots" are still heavily reliant on human guidance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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