By Sebastian Smith
Publish 12 months 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 quarter; poets and artists were encouraged through its rugged attractiveness and but its historical past is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged via almost non-stop warfare. each 50 years, it sort 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 means of the most beneficial oil pipelines on the earth.
The most recent clash to comb around the quarter begun while Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian squaddies and hundreds of thousands 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, heritage and conflict journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this country of mountain tribes and the could of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way historical past may be written. Smith's account of the historic historical past to the clash reads like a unique, 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 specially terrible conflict. - Literary assessment this can be a riveting ebook, written with virtually seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs
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