on May 29, 2003
Let me first start off that this is not a quick easy read. It goes into VERY small detail about practically everything in the Soviet-Afghan War. However, some of the small things that the author goes over gets very boring very quick. When you read this book, it almost feels like a battle manual for the Soviet-Afghan War. However, when you get done reading the book, its probably the closest one person can come to understanding the war without actually being there. The drawings in the book are also very useful to help spell out what the author is saying. All in all, the book does not give an action/adventure story of the war, but when you comprehend it, you will have a firm understanding of what the war was like from an operational point of view
on March 8, 2002
This book is very interesting and filled with tactical detail. However, it is neither a strong history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan nor a strong analysis of Soviet performance in the war. Rather, it is a collection of studies of various engagements and operations during the war. These studies are very useful for those who already have a good knowledge of the war but are confusing for those who do not.