By Sebastian Smith
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1998
Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all gone through the quarter; poets and artists were encouraged by means of its rugged attractiveness and but its heritage is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged through almost non-stop warfare. each 50 years, it kind of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep an eye on of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by way of probably the most precious oil pipelines on this planet.
The most up-to-date clash to comb around the quarter all started whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. millions of Russian squaddies and millions extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past reputation. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.
A mix of travelogue, historical past and conflict journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the may of the Russian military. A relocating instance of ways background should be written. Smith's account of the old historical past to the clash reads like a unique, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a exceptionally terrible battle. - Literary evaluation it is a riveting booklet, written with virtually seemless attractiveness. - foreign Affairs
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Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith