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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (18 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849041547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849041546
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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'The authors' research and scholarship make a powerful case and their book is likely to become the definitive text on the matter.' ----International Affairs

'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the war in Afghanistan. In offering a forensic dissection of the relationship between al Qaeda and the Taliban, over many years, it offers bad news, and good news: that, in taking on the Taliban, we may be fighting the wrong enemy in the wrong country; but that the Taliban may be open to a negotiated settlement-provided America gets on with it.' ----Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, British Ambassador to Kabul 2007-2009, Special Representative for Afghanistan

'This book is one of the best informed, most sophisticated and most insightful works yet to appear on the Afghan Taliban and their relationship to Al-Qaeda. It makes a brilliant contribution to Afghan historiography, and should be compulsory reading for Western policymakers working on Afghanistan today.' ----Professor Anatol Lieven, King's College London

About the Author

Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers permanently based in Kandahar. They have worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. Their research extends to other Muslim countries and they are regular commentators on major western news channels.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Green on 20 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book for anybody seeking a clearer understanding of the Taliban's worldview, and in particular its relationship with al Qaeda.
Through meticulous research conducted through documents and interviews, the authors have built up the most detailed study I have read on the linkages between the two movements.
They are particularly insightful in explaining how outsiders often misinterpreted Mullah Omar's motivations due to their lack of understanding of the cultural norms in southern Afghanistan, which played a major role in shaping his outlook.
This is a must-read for anybody seeking to go beyond the usual narratives on the Afghan conflict and look through the eyes of the chief protagonists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B J Anderson on 30 Mar 2012
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Since we starting taking the war in Afghanistan seriously, from 2006 onwards, Alex and Felix have shown a commitment to understanding the country that puts every other correspondent and commentator to shame. By really living among the people, talking to them about everything, listening patiently and soaking up all of the information that never makes it into the 24 hour news cycle, they have accumulated knowledge that is unsurpassed. Their latest book, An Enemy We Created, is revelatory on every page, often in every paragraph. Read it, and you'll soon realise how little most experts know, and how little even our policy makers know. It's a powerhouse of a book that will change the way you talk and think about Afghanistan, and our stated reasons for being there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deedee Derksen on 13 Feb 2012
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This is an excellent book, and a courageous one. It tells a different story on the relationship between the Taliban and Al Qaeda from that which dominates Western narratives since 9/11, and which remains at the core of the intervention in Afghanistan. It is also the result of on-the-ground research in places where few westerners venture. Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn provide a wealth of new insight into the mindset of the Taliban leadership, especially regarding their relationship with the wider world -- Al Qaeda, Pakistan and the West. I highly recommend their book to anyone working on Afghanistan.
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Everything my husband was expecting from the book. Very enjoyable read. It was very quick in coming. Up to your usual standard
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Since we starting taking the war in Afghanistan seriously, from 2006 onwards, Alex and Felix have shown a commitment to understanding the country that puts every other correspondent and commentator to shame. By really living among the people, talking to them about everything, listening patiently and soaking up all of the information that never makes it into the 24 hour news cycle, they have accumulated knowledge that is unsurpassed. Their latest book, An Enemy We Created, is revelatory on every page, often in every paragraph. Read it, and you'll soon realise how little most experts know, and how little even our policy makers know. It's a powerhouse of a book that will change the way you talk and think about Afghanistan, and our stated reasons for being there.
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