Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban

by Stephen Tanner

Book cover for Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban

For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and has witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilizations: Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Tartar, and, in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. When U.S. troops entered Afghanistan in the weeks following September 11, 2001, they overthrew the Afghan Taliban regime and sent the terrorists it harbored on the run. But America’s initial easy victory is in sharp contrast to the difficulties it faces today in confronting the Taliban resurgence.

Originally published in 2002, Stephen Tanner’s Afghanistan has now been completely updated to include the crucial turn of events since America first entered the country.

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  • On Oct 04 2016 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    A thorough overview. The bits about the British experience in the 1800s are particularly gripping, as one would expect.

  • On Aug 25 2016 colleen (USA) read this book