“[A] remarkable book . . . Borovik manages to convey an intimate sense of the war in Afghanistan with the novelist’s eye for the telling image. . . . Borovik is brutal and unsparing, and he allows us to see the real face of the Soviet soldier.” Los Angeles Times
The Hidden War
A Russian Journalist's Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan
978-0-8021-3775-3 • $16.00 • Paperback • May 2001
History (Soviet Union)
Until his death in 2000, Artyom Borovik was considered one of the preeminent journalists in Russia. With The Hidden War he provided the world its first glimpse inside the Soviet military machine, capturing the soldiers’ terror, helplessness, and despair at waging war in a foreign land against an unseen enemy for unclear purposes. When first published, Borovik’s groundbreaking revelations exposed the weaknesses beneath the Soviet Union’s aura of military might, creating an enormous controversy both in Russia and around the world. A vital and fascinating portrait of the Soviet empire at the twilight of its power, this is a book that still resonates today.