The Afghan Campaign Hardcover – 1 Feb 2007
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"Pressfield's talent is awesome...The Afghan Campaign is an extraordinary work, an instant classic" (DAVID GEMMELL)
"An impressive scholar and gifted storyteller...the finest military writer alive" (STEPHEN COONTS)
"No one writes better historical fiction than Steven Pressfield" (VINCE FLYNN) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Thrilling historical novel evoking the madness, mayhem and sheer God-awfulness of Alexander the Great's campaign in Afghanistan - a timeless tale of men at war.See all Product Description
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The Afghan Campaign for me, reminded me what a really great author Mr. Pressfield is. I was hooked from the start right to the end and I think anyone should read this book and will feel better for having done so.
I hope his next works live up to this excellent book!
A must buy!
This is where Pressfield is at his best when describing the feelings of the common soldiers dragged into a war that they do not understand and suffering and surviving an ordeal that seems largely unnecessary to begin with. Another strong point of his is the huge difference between the glorious and heroïc presentation of war, fighting for the "good cause", making a fortune through heroïc deeds and so one, and the grim and harsh realities where the newcomers are left on their own as they arrive, without even the basic equipment that they must scavenge and woth some of the veterans callously betting on how long they will survive (this piece comes in fact from the historical sources, if I remember correctly). However, this aspect, which is all about despair, perseverance and survival, is also the one that most readers have found difficult to warm up to. Most readers (myself included) want to read about heroïc deeds more than grim, despairing and harsh realities. In Gates of Fire, you had both. In the Afghan Campaign, only the latter remain.Read more ›
This manly tale of full scale war also contains huge doses of every emotion form love to tragedy and taking in filial devotion, parenthood, joy and despair along the way. In the end, the reader feels such empathy for Matthias that you too feel the utter inevitabilty of the final chapter.
This book doesn't 'grab you from the first page'; it slowly envelops you in silken claws until you realise that this story owns you and, until you follow Matthias to the conclusion of his story, you're hooked. Mr Pressfield has well earned his five stars.
This story tells of the adventures of two Macedonian youths who seek fame and glory in Alexanders army, Matthias and his friend Lucas. They leave there farms to join with the new recruits heading off to the Afghan front, right from the very beginning they are surprised at how different things are to how they thought they might be. They arrive at the base camp with nothing other than the clothes they are wearing only to find that they have to buy or scavenge their armour and weapons from the dead after a battle. They soon discover that the glory of war is just a myth, the only thing that matters are your friends and survival, they also discovered that this new type of war will be like one that has never been fought before, the brutality they witness and commit leaves them wishing they were back home on there farms. The only thing that keeps them sane is their friendship with each other and their fellow warriors around them, they know that they can only count on each other.
This is a good book from Pressfield, but if you're looking for another Gates Of Fire you may be disappointed, that being said this is a good book that is well worth reading. Anyone who likes tales of Alexander will like this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much like his other work, this book is about the horrors of war. The struggle of war and how to survive against the odds - sometimes overwhelming. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Cook
This is a searing piece of writing. It captures the brutalising effect of war, and how the adoration of leaders (in this case of course Alexander) leads men into actions that... Read morePublished 23 months ago by AD
Brilliant,informative a great read. Amazing considering today's events.. gives you an understanding of how the Muslims see things following their beliefs to the bitter end.Published on 24 Aug. 2014 by jackie lynch
Four out of five. But I'd give it really 6/7 out of 10. Reasonable book but seems like the author is reflecting modern day event, morals, and language on a different period of... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by chico
Given the reputation of the author I was expecting a little more here. This is a view of Alexander's attempt to subdue Afghanistan and seen from the perspective of an ordinary... Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Nick Brett
I am an ESOL teaching assistant and I can only say that if you want an insight into the Afghani mind this is obligatory. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Tony Hip