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Russian roulette : Afghanistan through Russian eyes
Bocharov, Gennadiĭ Nikolaevich.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper & Row, [1990]

Physical Description:
187 pages ; 2l cm
General Note:
"A Cornelia & Michael Bessie book."
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DS371.2 .B62 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A well-known, admired Soviet writer is brutally open about the Afghan adventure. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bocharov, a Soviet journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan from 1980 to 1988, here relates experiences of its combat participants. One story is about a wounded soldier who saved himself by parachuting from a chopper hit by ground fire; another recounts the ordeal of the sole survivor of an ambush; another is about a My Lai-like incident in which seven civilians riding in a car were massacred because they did not stop at a Soviet checkpoint. The material fails to convey whatever was unique about this particular war, and each ``Soldier's Tale'' is followed by a uniformly disappointing chapter called ``The Journalist's Story.'' Readers will find the book too broadly general, such as Bocharov's observation that the war in Afghanistan ``brought out marvellous human qualities . . . such as generosity, willpower, humility, sense of duty, and amazing courage.'' (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While one would have hoped that Bocharov, a Soviet journalist who spent ten years covering the Afghanistan war, would provide a Soviet insight into that military fiasco, his treatment of the conflict is very different. Namely, he concentrates on the larger issue of war and its horrors. While certain portions of the book are specific to Afghanistan, many of the situations discussed would describe almost any war. Lacking is a depth or breadth of treatment; only a handful of incidents are noted. Still, libraries interested in war studies might want this.-- Don ald Clay Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.