"This is the devil's country...and you are fighting the devil's war"
The Afghan Campaign is one of two pieces of historical fiction that Steven Pressfield has written about Alexander the Great (the other is The Virtues of War). Pressfield has written about several historical eras but his real area of interest seems to be the Greek and Hellenistic eras. His most famous and, in my opinion, his best novel is Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae.
|Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.)|
So, what do we learn in this book? Nothing new, but lessons that seem to have to be re-learned with every generation like war is brutal, ugly and terrible, people will die defending their homes and their ways of life, no matter how worthless they seem to outsiders and war changes the people that experience it, including the woman and children in the war zone.
I would be most interested in hearing any comments from soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and also read this book.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
This novel can be found on Amazon.com here: The Afghan Campaign.
Reviewed on January 16, 2011.