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Lesley Blanch’s “The Sabres of Paradise” tells the illuminating story of Shamyl, the Imam of Daghestan, whose 25-year fight against the Russian empire left a half-million dead, and lessons still to be learned in wars from Chechnya to Afghanistan.Lesley Blanch’s “The Sabres of Paradise” tells the illuminating story of Shamyl, whose fight against the Russian empire left a half-million dead, and lessons still to be learned in wars from Chechnya to Afghanistan.

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