238 pages, 5.5″x8.5″
Audiobook read by Jed Frost
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The fall of the Soviet Union was a defining event in world history. A swollen, decrepit empire burst apart and rained down despair, nihilism, and deep uncertainty on the Russian people. Overnight Russians were immediately exposed to the trials of secession, lawlessness, and economic depression. The resulting moment of weakness in their country caused multiple nations within the Russian Federation to attempt to break away. Many independence movements sprang up in Russia without any significant opposition. All of that came to an end when, in 1995, Russia regained her footing in the Caucasus to thwart a violent Chechen rebellion. Alexander Prokhanov lays bare the history and events surrounding New Year’s Eve in 1995, when Russian troops attacked the Presidential Palace in the rebellious capital city of Grozny.
In this one of a kind account, Prokhanov depicts the cruelty of unfeeling careerist bureaucrats who sent recruits to certain death, the cynicism of foreign bankers who made their dirty money from human tragedies, and through it all the honor and duty of Russian soldiers who gave their lives for a new Russia. Between the fiery muzzle flashes of their Kalashnikovs and the cold, hard sky of the Caucasus, these pages show the beginnings of a new chapter for Russia, and in many ways, the European world.
Available for the first time to the English reader, Antelope Hill Publishing is proud to present Alexander Prokhanov’s Chechen Blues. It is crucial to immortalize this unique first hand account in the printed word, to tell the tale of recent Russian history and the story of men who fought to preserve the integrity of their nation.
Mike A. –
Alexander paints the setting so picture perfect within one’s mind as you continue flipping the pages it’s unreal. I cannot recommend this book enough!
The book has left me with too many thoughts to really organize. As the other reviewer mentions, Alexander’s poetic prose and fiery personality paints a picture worth a million words of the nightmare of Grozny. This work stirs the soul and leads the reader through valleys, the jagged ravines of abject fear, through shock and betrayal, through utter helplessness, yet also through the fiery passion of righteous vengeance and the dizzying mountaintops of triumph. Part of you rediscovers what it truly is to be human, and you find a piece of yourself along the way. It has given me pause and made me carefully consider what kind of man I want to be. Hat tip to the translator for faithfully reproducing Alexander’s work in such beautiful form for the English language reader.