The Afghan Campaign

The Afghan Campaign

Book - 2006
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In words that might have been ripped from today's combat dispatches, Pressfield, novelist of ancient warfare, returns with a recreation of Alexander the Great's 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 Alexander's army, this book 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.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385516419
Branch Call Number: Fiction PRESSFIELD S
Characteristics: 354 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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librarymovieguy Aug 14, 2013

Written in first person present tense, the pace here is unrelentless. Couldn't put it down the SECOND time I read it. One of the best war stories ever written.

May 19, 2010

Alexander the Great’s campaign in that region of the world, from the point of view of a cavalry soldier. The man knows his stuff, no doubt about it. Full of information, fast-paced at times, but also dark and gory. I enjoyed it, but you put it down with the yearning to take a long hot shower.
Maybe Pressfield tries a little too hard to weave parallels between Alexander’s troubles in Afghanistan and today’s difficulties in that region of the world, even inserting terms that seem better suited to modern military operations than ancient warfare. But eh, I wasn't there so for all I know Pressfield managed to capture just the right mood.


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