Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond

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Yale University Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Ahmed Rashid was a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review for more than twenty years, covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. He now writes for BBC Online, the New York Times, and other newspapers. He has been covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan since 1979. He is the author of Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia and Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia.
Praise for the First Edition of Taliban:

"A fabulous piece of journalism."--Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and Fire

"The best book on the Taliban."--L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs

"[A] valuable and informative work."--Richard Bernstein, New York Times

"An excellent political and historical account of the movement's rise to power."--Katha Pollitt, The Nation

"Virtually the only informed work on the men who, since 1994, have ruled almost all of Afghanistan. . . . [An] indispensable book."--Steve Wasserman, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A must read."--Larry P. Goodson, New York Times

"[A] supremely insightful book about Afghanistan's Taliban regime. . . . Rashid bases his account on detailed reporting and travel throughout Afghanistan and interviews with most of the Taliban's elusive top leadership. As a narrative, it is gripping. . . . Rashid's book is superbly reported, a window into a world that remains largely closed to American eyes."--Shankar Vedantam, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Rashid's densely detailed reportage portrays a country in ruins and the people who seek to control it. . . . Anyone contemplating new adventures in Afghanistan--whether to save its women from persecution, rescue the state from further fragmentation or save themselves from terrorist backlash--might first consult Rashid's book."--Paula R. Newberg, San Francisco Chronicle

"The standard work in English on the Taliban."--Christopher de Bellaigue, New York Review of Books

"[A] thorough, authoritative exegesis."--Peter Bergen, Washington Post Book World