Drawing on numerous interviews with key protagonists, Michael Griffin provides a fascinating eye-witness account of the Afghan conflict. -- Middle East Magazine
Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of the region, refreshingly free from any preconceived ideology. -- The Tablet
Griffin has reached a better understanding of the Taliban in his book than I have come across anywhere else...Essential reading. -- John Simpson, BBC
It is this complicated story the rise of the warlords and their subsequent vanquishing by the Taliban that Michael Griffin describes in his splendid book. -- The New Statesman
It's a great pleasure to have Michael Griffin's excellent book...It is level-headed and plausible, and seeks to understand the Taliban's aims. -- Philip Hensher, The Spectator
From the Back Cover
Reaping the Whirlwind
is a comprehensive account of the rise of the Taliban. It reveals the Taliban's connections to the CIA, Saudi Arabia, oil companies and drug barons and includes material gathered on the ground, including interviews with key protagonists.
Cut adrift after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan has become a political no-man's land. Historically an artificial buffer state, Afghanistan in recent years has become the geopolitical playground of a variety of regional interests - the Americans, the Saudi Arabians, the Russians, and the Pakistanis, in addition to the drug barons, the arms dealers, and the oil interests.
Today, Afghanistan's unstable and problematic history is further complicated by the emergence of the Taliban - one of the most conservative and least understood Islamic movements in the world. The Taliban continues to grab headlines, most notably for its appalling treatment of women and its connections to Osama bin Laden.
Investigative journalist Michael Griffin draws on countless interviews with key protagonists involved in the current situation in Afghanistan to provide a fascinating eyewitness account. Griffin paints a comprehensive picture of the Taliban movement today, including its origins and beliefs, its religious and political ethos, and the character of its particular brand of Islamic fundamentalism. In the process, he reveals the controversial nature of the Taliban's international links with the CIA, Saudi Arabia and other vested interests.
Michael Griffin is a widely travelled freelance writer and journalist who has worked as an information consultant for UNICEF in Afghanistan. He is currently News Editor for Index on Censorship.
'Michael Griffin has done us a great service with this book, teasing out the nuances of political, religious, and ethnic strife in Afghanistan - a country that is both hidden and of immense importance to the post-Cold War world.' Anne Nelson