By Sebastian Smith
Publish yr note: First released in 1998
Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged through its rugged good looks and but its background is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly 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 one of the most useful oil pipelines on the planet.
The newest clash to brush around the zone all started whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian infantrymen and millions extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.
A mix of travelogue, background and warfare journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way background might be written. Smith's account of the old history to the clash reads like a unique, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a in particular terrible warfare. - Literary assessment it is a riveting ebook, written with virtually seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs