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Taliban: Islam, Oil, and the Great New Game in Central Asia Audio Download – Unabridged

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Without doubt the most intelligent informed and well written account of the Taliban ever written absolutely definitive. Ahmed Rashid identifies correctly that America had no idea of the difference between the Taliban and Al Qieda and the folly of this lead to so nuch suffering ..a truly awsome account .. 
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Absolutely excellent book - and could hardly be more timely, nor more essential as background reading on the most important events many of us have lived through.
I knew not a lot about the Taliban and the complexities of the Afghan power struggle before I read this.. Rashid's explanation of every faction has lifted several veils from my eyes.
I was particularly interested by his discussion of the roles played by the colonial super-powers in trying to get or prevent the oil pipelines crossing Central Asia. The graveyard of the Soviet push to remain a super-power of course, Afghanistan has dealt harshly with every force that has tried to monster it. The great game is still being played out from the Khyber Pass to the Hindu Kush and Rashid's book is an essential reference for the (very) concerned spectator. High marks from this reviewer.
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This is good not just for its description of the origins of the Taliban, but also for Afghanistan's recent history and the role the superpowers played. Probably the best starting point if you want answers to the question: "What is going on in Afghanistan today?"
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Decades in preparation, this book presents the current Afghanistan tragedy in historical perspective and with personaL experience detailed in superb style and clarity. I am left wondering how, in a media-dominated global village, I could have remained so ignorant for so long. Essential reading for the post-Sept 11th age.
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Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid's detailed history of the Taliban was first published in 2000. After the events of September 2001 stimulated new interest in this erstwhile obscure book, a second & longer print-run put it into the best-seller lists. Since 2001 there have been many insightful (and a few less insightful) books on the Taliban and Sunni Islamist Jihadism but Rashid's book, written in the 1990s, was the first.

Rashid updated the book in 2010 with an extra chapter examining the history of the Taliban's reorganization after the US-led occupation of Afghanistan, but the bulk of the book remains unchanged. 12 years on, it's still worth reading for its valuable original insights.

One of the book's strengths is its detailed account of Afghan history and (mostly failed) attempts to weld this disparate collection of warring clans into a nation-state, partially successful only under the Durrani monarchy. The various ethnic groups speak different languages, practice different forms of both Shia-ite and Sunni Islam and have different cultures, for example those in and around Herat are historically influenced by Persian culture, those in the north ethnically Turkmen, Uzbeks and Tajiks. Tribal loyalties and traditional justice have always trumped central authority from Kabul or Kandahar, the Taliban's power-base, and when the Pashtun-dominated Taliban finally took Kabul their rule was despised and resisted by the larger part of the population.

The book is divided into three major sections.

The first is a chronological history of the Taliban's emergence during the civil wars following the Soviets' withdrawal in 1989.
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A truly informative book. Ahmad Rashid has managed to cover every aspect of the Afghan crises, and in his analysis managed to bring up the view point of every single party to the conflict but still managed to stay amazingly unbiased. Both between the various countries involved in the crises since the Soviet invasion and between different Mujahideen groups fighting for control over Afghanistan since the end of the war.
Before reading this book I thought I knew a fair bit about the Afghan issue. I always did consider the issue as one of the main forces to determine the future of the whole of Asia, but this book has given me an insight into realities and possibilities I had no idea of.
It shows how much time and effort the author has put into the region, and how he has a deep love and affection for the ordinary people of the land. As he has a wide understanding and awareness of the whole Afghan problem and all the relating and influencing issues from the strong history of the land to the currant political, strategic and economic motives of the neighbouring and regional countries plus America. I only wish the book was slightly more up to date as I would like to know what effect, if any, the change of govt (the military take over) has had on the Pakistani approach to the issue. Plus the effect of the Sanctions applied on the Taliban (but not the opposition alliance). But I'm sure these topics would be covered in Ahmad Rashid's new book: Taliban : Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia , which came out after I had started reading this one, so I guess I'll be getting that too.
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