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Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition
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  • Sales Rank:39,506
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
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  • Edition:2
  • Pages:344
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.7
  • Dimensions (in):1 x 5.8 x 8.5
  • Publication Date:April 13, 2010
  • ISBN:0300163681
  • EAN:9780300163681
  • ASIN:0300163681
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Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban—the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization—into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. Rashid offers the only authoritative account of the Taliban available to English-language readers, explaining the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the Middle East and Central Asia, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

New to this updated edition of the #1 New York Times Bestseller with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide:

  • How the Taliban has regained its strength
  • How and why the Taliban has spread across Central Asia
  • How the Taliban has helped Al’Qaida’s spread into Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East
  • Why the Afghan people feel the United States is losing the war
  • A major new introduction and an all-new final chapter

Amazon.com Review
This is the single best book available on the Taliban, the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Afghanistan responsible for harboring the terrorist Osama bin Laden. Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist who has spent most of his career reporting on the region--he has personally met and interviewed many of the Taliban's shadowy leaders. Taliban was written and published before the massacres of September 11, 2001, yet it is essential reading for anyone who hopes to understand the aftermath of that black day. It includes details on how and why the Taliban came to power, the government's oppression of ordinary citizens (especially women), the heroin trade, oil intrigue, and--in a vitally relevant chapter--bin Laden's sinister rise to power. These pages contain stories of mass slaughter, beheadings, and the Taliban's crushing war against freedom: under Mullah Omar, it has banned everything from kite flying to singing and dancing at weddings. Rashid is for the most part an objective reporter, though his rage sometimes (and understandably) comes to the surface: "The Taliban were right, their interpretation of Islam was right, and everything else was wrong and an expression of human weakness and a lack of piety," he notes with sarcasm. He has produced a compelling portrait of modern evil. --John Miller

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