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“After 9/11 I bought all the books I could find on the Taliban. There were only four. Three were academic books and virtually incomprehensible. Rashid’s book was easily the best. I sat at my desk reading it for the rest of the day. I remember Tony and Alastair Campbell trying to steal my copy. Now that we’re poised to start talking with the Taliban, it’s imperative we understand them.” Read more...
Jonathan Powell, Diplomats & Former Diplomat
If you want to understand the Taliban, how they rose to power, and what motivates them, this is the standard work and easily the most accessible. Rashid covers the US approach to the Taliban and the Taliban’s wider role in the support for and spread of militant Islamism globally.