Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith

By Sebastian Smith

Publish yr note: First released in 1998

Ancient visitors known as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged via its rugged attractiveness and but its heritage is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly non-stop conflict. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep watch over of this highly strategic a part of the area - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed via probably the most worthwhile oil pipelines on this planet.

The newest clash to brush around the zone 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 attractiveness. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, historical past and battle journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the could of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way heritage could be written. Smith's account of the historic history to the clash reads like a singular, yet larger, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a chiefly terrible struggle. - Literary overview this can be a riveting booklet, written with virtually seemless splendor. - foreign Affairs

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