The Royal United Services Institute is proud to announce this year’s Winner of the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature: Sir Rodric Braithwaite’s Afgantsy: the Russians in Afghanistan 1979-1989.
Sir Rodric Braithwaite GCMG, a former diplomat and British Ambassador to Moscow (1988-1992), was presented with the Medal for Military Literature by His Grace, the Duke of Westminster, and delivered a lecture on the winning title to a distinguished audience at the Royal United Services Institute. Baroness Neville Jones will chair the subsequent discussion on the author’s winning title
About the winning title
There have been a number of books examining the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but none have taken the route of Sir Rodric’s in detailing the road to disaster that a great power can unknowingly embark on. Afgantsy amasses a wealth of historical evidence, and interweaves it with human stories, soldiers’ tales, and a thousand flashes of individual experiences. This work is a superb effort to trace the history the Soviet experience in Afghanistan and understand it outside of the usual Cold War framework.
About the Westminster Medal
The Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature has been awarded annually since 1997. The award is bestowed for the best book in the English language by a living author, regardless of nationality, gender or age, which represents in the opinion of the Awarding Board a notable and original contribution to the study of international or national security, or the military professions. To find out more about the award, visit www.rusi.org/westminstermedal
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