The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus, Revised Edition
The Caucasus--a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors--has throughout history been characterized by violence and turmoil. During the Great Caucasus War of 1834-1859, the warring mountain tribes of Daghestan and Chechnya united under the charismatic leadership of the Muslim chieftain Imam Shamyl, the "Lion of Daghestan", and held at bay the invading Russian army for nearly 25 years. Lesley Blanch vividly recounts the epic story of their heroic and bloody struggle for freedom and the life of a man still legendary in the Caucasus.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kcshankd - www.librarything.com
I read this after reading a LA Times essay on this book's influence on Frank Herbert's Dune. Many of the terms and some themes borrowed are readily apparent. The author writes in a now dated, 'grand ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - setnahkt - LibraryThing
A reprint of the 1960 original with a new introduction. When the book was written, the Caucasus had been at “peace” for 100 years, first under the firm hand of the Tsar and then under the even firmer ... Read full review