Zinky Boys

Zinky Boys

Soviet Voices From the Afghanistan War

Book - 1992
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1992
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393034158
0393034151
9780393336863
Characteristics: xix, 197 p. ; 25 cm
Call Number: 958.1045 ALE

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uncommonreader
Jun 05, 2017

This oral history contains the accounts of those men and women who were sent to Afghanistan and of family members whose children did not return. It paints a picture of horror and brutality. I was struck by the number of landmines and the many who lost all of their limbs as a result. However, the book provides no context of the war as a proxy war against the US funded Afghan mujahedeen, nor of the Russian failed efforts at building infrastructure and providing education for Afghan children.

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mclarjh
May 01, 2016

Bold, powerful, distressing. By the way, the "zinky" in the title refers to the material used for the coffins holding the remains of soldiers returning from the Afghanistan war.

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