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

By Stephen Tanner
Read by Raymond Todd

14.63 Hours 08/01/2002 unabridged
Format:
  • Regular Price: $24.95

    Special Price $6.00

    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781455179145

  • $6.95

    ISBN: 9781482116038

  • $32.95

    ISBN: 9781470847975

  • $24.95

    ISBN: 9780786191703

For over 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 the United States engages in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American. Alexander the Great conquered Afghanistan on his way to India. Later, because of its strategic location with the Silk Road passing through it, Afghanistan was invaded by Arabs, Mongols, and Tartars. Great Britain tried—and failed—to add Afghanistan to its Indian empire, while Russia tried to expand into the same embattled land. Afghanistan once again fought and defeated a secular government in the face of rising Islamic resistance. Now, America faces a new enemy on this land that has become, over the centuries, the graveyard of empires past.

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

For over 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 the United States engages in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

Alexander the Great conquered Afghanistan on his way to India. Later, because of its strategic location with the Silk Road passing through it, Afghanistan was invaded by Arabs, Mongols, and Tartars. Great Britain tried—and failed—to add Afghanistan to its Indian empire, while Russia tried to expand into the same embattled land. Afghanistan once again fought and defeated a secular government in the face of rising Islamic resistance. Now, America faces a new enemy on this land that has become, over the centuries, the graveyard of empires past.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Recounts with brisk authority and many illuminating analogies…This is a noteworthy and valuable book.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Filled with remarkable scholarship…Raymond Todd handles the names of the many nationalities, locations, and individuals well.” AudioFile
“The narrative is engrossing, flowing, informative, intriguing, well researched, and, most importantly, timely…This book is compelling both as an outstanding historical narrative but also as an essential work in helping Western readers understand…the Afghani people.  Expertly read by Raymond Todd.” Large Print Review
“Interesting, informative, and thought-provoking.” Military Heritage

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Stephen Tanner

Stephen Tanner is a military historian. He served with US special forces in Italy in World War II and, following his graduation from Yale University, in the US Department of State from 1949 to 1969. He is the author of Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the TalibanEpic Retreats: From 1776 to the Evacuation of Saigon, and Refuge from the Reich.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English