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Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya

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Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya
Towers of Stone: The Battle of Wills in Chechnya

Writer: Wojciech Jagielski
Translation: Soren Gauger
Publisher: Seven Stories Press, 2009
ISBN 1583228306, 9781583228302
352 pages
“Wojciech Jagielski has already achieved recognition for his reporting from the most inflamed points on our globe. [His latest work] will only confirm his reputation.”-Ryszard KapuscinskiIn Towers of Stone, award-winning Polish reporter Wojciech Jagielski brings into focus the tragedy of Chechnya, its inhabitants, and the war being waged there by a handful of desperate warriors against a powerful and much more numerous army. Jagielski’s narrative is told through the lens of two men: Shamil Basaev, a hero to some, a dangerous warlord to others, and Aslan Maskhadov, a calculating and sober politician who is viewed as a providential savior by some of his compatriots and a cowardly opportunist by the rest. Caught up in a war to which they owe everything and without which they could not live, the two fighters face enemy forces-and one another-in protean conflicts that prove hard to quell. Viewing the men’s personal story as a microcosm of the conflict threatening to devour a land and its peoples, Jagielski distills the bitter history of the region with forceful clarity.Wojciech Jagielski is a journalist at Gazeta Wyborcza, a BBC correspondent, and occasional contributor to Le Monde. He specializes in Africa, Central Asia, the Trans-Caucasus, and the Caucasus. He has been witness to the most important political events of the end of the twentieth century and is an observer of developments in Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Dariusz Fikus Award, one of Poland’s most prestigious awards for excellence in journalism.

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