The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory FeiferThe Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan by Gregory Feifer

The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan

byGregory Feifer

Paperback | January 5, 2010

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“Fascinating….A highly readable history of the conflict.” —New York Times Book Review

In The Great Gamble, a groundbreaking account of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer vividly depicts the war that contributed greatly to the demise of the USSR, and that offers striking lessons for the 21st century, as well. Told from the perspective of the Russians who fought it, The Great Gamble offers valuable insight into the history of Afghanistan’s troubled government and the rise of the Mujahideen and Al-Qaeda. In the words of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Feifer has done truly extraordinary research… For all its heft, [The Great Gamble] is an effortless read—an unusual and gratifying combination.”

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Gregory Feifer is the former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio. He was educated at Harvard University and lives in Prague with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Sebastian.

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Title:The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in AfghanistanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:January 5, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061143197

ISBN - 13:9780061143199

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“Tracing the arc of the Soviets’ military disillusionment in Afghanistan, Feifer, who is an NPR reporter in Moscow, provides essential historical background to the present war in Afghanistan.”