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Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition

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A mixture of travelogue, history and war journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the story of the conflict between this nation of mountain tribes and the might of the Russian army. It is also a story of the history, people and cultures of the Caucasus and of tiny ethnic groups struggling for both physical and cultural survival.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published May 29th 1998)
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Noor
Jun 19, 2012 Noor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع بكل المقاييس.

مشكلة وحيدة فنية في الكتاب وهي تشتت الأصول القفقاسية لبعض الأسماء والمصطلحات عند نقلها للغة الانجليزية اولاً ومن ثم تعريبها من قبل مترجم غير مضطلع على الثقافة القفقاسية الواسعة الطيف، فكثير من المصطلحات والأسماء بهذه الطريقة تفقد محتواها على مرحلتين. تمكنت احياناً -بحكم انحداري من اصل قفقاسي واتصالي بثقافتي الأم- من ارجاع بعض المصطلحات الى اصولها، لكنني في حالات اخرى فشلت. هذه هي السيئة الفنية الوحيدة في الكتاب.

عدا عن ذلك، الكتاب هو اشبه ما يكون بتقرير صحفي شامل من قلب الح
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زاهي رستم
May 03, 2010 زاهي رستم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب جيد، ولكن هناك بعض الأخطاء في ترجمة بعض اسم العلم، ربما لأن المترجم ليس على إطلاع بشؤون القفقاس، والذي يدعوه القوقاز في الكتاب.. وهي التسمية الروسية للمنطقة.. وحسب علمي ممنوع استخدامها، لعلاقتها بشعب القوزاق. ومثال آخر، قبردينيا - بلقاريا.. وليس كبردينيا - بلكاريا. وأدغي وليس أديجي...
المهم أن الكتاب يركز على بطولات الشعب الشيشاني، الذي كان أحد الشعوب المتأثرة بلعبة ستالين.. فكل الكراهية والحروب هناك، هي من نتائج تلاعب ستالين في القفقاس.. عن طريق معاقبة الشعوب بنقلهم من أراضيهم وتسليمها لش
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Shaun
May 07, 2013 Shaun rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
It contains a lot of information and is incredibly interesting but I think Sebastian Smith is entirely too close to his subject material and as such incapable of presenting a truly critical analysis of the situation in Chechnya. He is entirely unwilling to offer any real criticism of the Chechens and their position. I found him overly defensive of the Chechens, in that I think he wants the conflict and violence to be Russia's fault and finds whatever evidence, no matter how flimsy to exonerate t ...more
LoNa Aqi
Dec 12, 2012 LoNa Aqi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book
Dan
Apr 20, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
the author endured some pretty harrowing experiences to document one of the more brutal conflicts in recent history. I also liked the background he provided on the patchwork of nationalities that make up the north caucasus
Jarir
Jan 23, 2009 Jarir rated it really liked it
Excellent book and timley also to understand one of the many conflicts among the Muslims and author Sebastian Smith travels widley for years among the Chechens as the conflict devoloped. Great read and well documented.
Omar Mushaweh
Nov 15, 2009 Omar Mushaweh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رؤية غربية لقضية الشيشان تتسم بالواقعية والمنطقية والتحليلية
ينقل أحداثا من الواقع وكيف أن أمة الشيشان أغرقت الروس مرتين في مستنقعها
Ahmed Nagui
Apr 03, 2013 Ahmed Nagui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
البداية مملة بعض الشىء ، يصف الكاتب منطقة القوقاز بتاريخها و بأهلها و عاداتهم و تقاليدهم، قد تتوه قليلاً فى البداية و لكن صبراً، فالقصة سوف تزداد تشويقاً بعد قليل، فعلى الرغم ان هذة ليست رواية لكن الأحداث الحقيقية تتصاعد واصفة تمرد الشيشان فى بداية التسعينيات و غزو الجيش الروسي المنهك بعد الحرب الباردة للمنطقة، تتضمن الأحداث الغزو الروسي لغروزنى -عاصمة الشيشان- مروراً بالمقاومة و عملية اختطاف رهائن روس فى قلب روسيا بقيادة شامل باسييف ثم محاصرة الشيشان للجيش الروسي في غروزنى و إجبار الروس على الإ ...more
Janosch
Nov 23, 2015 Janosch rated it it was ok
-.-' The title of the book should have been: "I don't like Russia- by Sebastian Smith".

Let me sum up the content of this book for you: "I don't like Russia. OMG Russia is so bad."

The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because I learned something about Chechnya, and I love Chechnya.
What I don't love is biased people who just hate on other countries, like Mr. Smith does.
I like Russia AND I love Chechnya. That doesn't exclude itself, even though some people might think so. I am a strong believer of t
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Othman Helfawi
الاغراق في التفاصيل ياخذك الى العيش هناك ..
مع المناضلين وفي ساحات غروزني ..
لكن لعل الاسهاب لا يسلم من الملل ..
Mehmet Akif  Koc
Feb 13, 2014 Mehmet Akif Koc rated it it was amazing
A great Memoirs/observation of a French journalist on the North Caucasus and Chechnya/Dagestan, strongly recommended...
Minerva Taylor
Dec 20, 2014 Minerva Taylor rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, comprehensive view of the Chechen world and the Caucasus in both the past and present.
DoctorM
Apr 26, 2010 DoctorM rated it really liked it
Excellent, incisive, and darkly witty--- a fine account of the first Chechen War and the failures of Russian policy in the Caucasus. The kind of informed yet still punk reportage that's probably the only real attitude to hold in the Kavkaz.
Ryan Brogan
Dec 12, 2015 Ryan Brogan rated it it was amazing
great,
Tony
Jul 16, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing
The best Western account of the First Chechen War I've read. Highly recommended.
Ciaran
Oct 05, 2011 Ciaran rated it really liked it
Very good overview of a complex place Recommended
Erik
Apr 09, 2009 Erik rated it liked it
Inside look at a fucked up situation
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