By Sebastian Smith
Publish yr note: First released in 1998
Ancient travelers known as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all gone through the zone; poets and artists were encouraged by way of its rugged good looks and but its background 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 watch over of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed through probably the most useful oil pipelines on this planet.
The most up-to-date clash to comb around the region all started whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian squaddies and millions extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past acceptance. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.
A mix of travelogue, heritage and warfare journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of ways historical past might be written. Smith's account of the old heritage to the clash reads like a unique, yet greater, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a in particular terrible conflict. - Literary assessment this can be a riveting booklet, written with virtually seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs
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Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith