BRIAN GLYN WILLIAMS earned his first master's at the Central Eurasian studies program at Indiana University and a second master's in Russian history and a PhD in Central Asian history from the University of Wisconsin. Among his published works is Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America's Longest War (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). A tenured professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, he lives in Boston.
A thorough and fascinating examination of the background to the Boston marathon bombing and the Chechen rebels who want to strike at the West as well as at Putin's Russia. Putin is getting a particularly bad press at the moment, having been branded as corrupt by the US in the last few days, and seemingly has a lot to answer for when it comes to the Chechnya question. * Books Monthly * With plenty of first-hand accounts and diary entries throughout, Inferno In Cherchnya explores the earliest days of the Caucasus' and the proud yet hardy people that inhabited them - a heart-wrenching and engaging read. * History of War Magazine * Boston is Williams's home city and Inferno in Chechnya his attempt to uncover the true connections between this thriving modern metropolis and the far-off conflict zone where the Tsarnaevs once lived. Inferno really catches light when Williams recounts the fate of the Chechens from the early Soviet era onwards. * The Times Literary Supplement *