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Afghan Campaign, the (2006) [Novel]
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Re-creates Alexander the Greatís invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C., a campaign that eerily foreshadows the tactics, terrors, and frustrations of contemporary conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Narrated by Matthias, a young infantryman in Alexanderís army, The Afghan Campaign explores the challenges, both military and moral, that Alexander and his soldiers face as they embark on a new type of war and are forced to adapt to the methods of a ruthless foe that employs terror and insurgent tactics, conceals itself among the civilian populace, and recruits women and boys as combatants. Matthias joins Alexanderís army after it has conquered the Persian empire and is advancing east into Afghanistan on its way to the riches of India. Part of a unit that includes recruits his own age as well as veterans, Matthias chronicles his rapid coming-of-age as a soldier as he enacts Alexanderís scorch-and-burn strategies, experiences the joys and sorrows of a romance with an Afghan girl, and faces the barbarism of the Afghans, his fellow soldiers, and ultimately himself. As Matthias relates the brutal day-to-day encounters between the two sides, he exposes the human cost borne by a company of men whose code is humanist and secular when they seek to impose their will on a people of deep religiosity, insularity, unbending pride, and a passionate readiness to die for their cause.

Original title: The Afghan Campaign
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistoricalAncient World (Greece, Rome, etc)Greece

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Afghan Campaign, the (2006)
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Language: English

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Afghan Campaign, the (July 2006)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 038551641X
Dimensions: 9.42 x 6.48 x 1.09
Pages: 354

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