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The Afghan Campaign - Steven Pressfield
The Afghan Campaign
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In words that might have been ripped from today’s combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the... show more
In words that might have been ripped from today’s combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield, the bestselling novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a riveting historical novel that re-creates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Narrated by Matthias, a young infantryman in Alexander’s army, The Afghan Campaign explores the challenges, both military and moral, that Alexander and his soldiers face as they embark on a new type of war and are forced to adapt to the methods of a ruthless foe that employs terror and insurgent tactics, conceals itself among the civilian populace, and recruits women and boys as combatants. Matthias joins Alexander’s army after it has conquered the Persian empire and is advancing east into Afghanistan on its way to the riches of India. Part of a unit that includes recruits his own age as well as veterans, Matthias chronicles his rapid coming-of-age as a soldier as he enacts Alexander’s scorch-and-burn strategies, experiences the joys and sorrows of a romance with an Afghan girl, and faces the barbarism of the Afghans, his fellow soldiers, and ultimately himself. As Matthias relates the brutal day-to-day encounters between the two sides, he exposes the human cost borne by a company of men whose code is humanist and secular when they seek to impose their will on a people of deep religiosity, insularity, unbending pride, and a passionate readiness to die for their cause. An edge-of-your-seat adventure that brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend their homeland, The Afghan Campaign once again demonstrates Steven Pressfield’s profound understanding of the hopes and desperation of men in battle and of the historical realities that continue to influence our world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385516419 (038551641X)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 354
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
4.0 The Afghan Campaign: A Novel
This is the only one of Pressfield's books that I've read, and I was quite impressed. Knowing very little about Alexander the Great and Macedonian culture, I can't vouch for the book's accuracy, but it certainly brings the ancient world to life in a believable way. The military history is easy enoug...
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
3.0 The Afghan Campaign: A novel
This historical novel is about Alexander the Great's invasion of Afghanistan in 330 B.C. It's the one place where Alexander's army met with less than total success. More than once they invaded an area only to learn that their enemy had mysteriously appeared in their rear. This was frustrating to...
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
2.0
Borrow, don't buy. It wasn't a well designed story. Jumps from boys in Greece to basic training (kinda) and then jumps to battles in Afghanistan. Doesn't bother to get you interested in details of soldiering (which made Gates of Fire so good). Pointless life in Alexander's campaign, almost no cha...
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
2.0
Borrow, don't buy. It wasn't a well designed story. Jumps from boys in Greece to basic training (kinda) and then jumps to battles in Afghanistan. Doesn't bother to get you interested in details of soldiering (which made Gates of Fire so good). Pointless life in Alexander's campaign, almost no cha...
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