In this enormously insightful book, correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban, the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization, into sharp focus. He explains the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, 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.
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Shedding light on a complex and secretive sect.
The story of the Taliban is a complex mix of ethnic and sectarian divisions. Their extreme view of Islam is at odds with one of their major sources of money - the heroin trade. This is just one of many contradictions that Rashid explains in this fact laden book.
In the last chapter Rashid gives an insightful analysis of the consequences the Taliban rule has inflicted not only on Afghanistan but the region.
The book ends pre 9/11 and the coalition invasion of Afghanistan so his analysis of these more recent events would be interesting. Perhaps the subject of a future work?
McCaddon manages the pronunciation of the many foreign names expertly, however I would recommend she stays clear of American accents!
That said, I cannot agree with an early review that described her performance as "mono tone information".I thought her performance was well paced and lively.
The list of rules governing the behaviour of women, issued by the Taliban when they took Kabul, is chillingly Orwellian.
I can't begin to comprehend what day-to-day life must be like for the ordinary Afghani.
Sorry I didn't finish the whole audible ...
alot of information for research but not for general listerning.
mono tone information
create a flow
I would buy this as a hard back book so I could stop and absorb information as it came. It was to much factual information for general listerning (for my little brain)