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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,242 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ahmed Rashid Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, the Middle East, and Central Asia; 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The broader story here is powerful…A great deal from Mr. Rashid’s book [is] about the nature of local Central Asian politics and the consequences of interference by outside powers…Valuable and informative work.”

    New York Times

  • “Anyone contemplating new adventures in Afghanistan—whether to save its women from persecution, rescue the state from further fragmentation, or save themselves from terrorist backlash—might first consult Rashid’s book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An excellent political and historical account of the movement’s rise to power.”


  • “Rashid marshals the vast amount of information he has accumulated over decades of covering the area into a long, sad story and tells it with finesse. His book is a gripping account of one of the horror stories of post–Cold War politics.”


  • “Rashid…brings urgency to a conflict in Central Asia of which most Americans and many Europeans are mostly ignorant. He reveals a nation with a rich culture of contradictions and complexities that have never been fathomed by its numerous conquerors.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/8/2014

    " This book is an encyclopedia of information regarding the political history of Afghanistan and more specifically the Taliban. Unfortunately, it tends to read like an encyclopedia, but overall it's an amazing resource for understanding the plight of the Afghan people and the differences between Islam and fundamentalism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 1/30/2014

    " Depressing history, but the dude has insight that is hard to come by in a very closed region. His expertise and time as a journalist in the region gives him credibility. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry | 1/28/2014

    " Essential reading for anybody following events in Afghanistan. Ahmed Rashid is just the man to make sense of the Taliban for those not from the region. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcus | 1/27/2014

    " This book is immensly impressive on so many levels. First and foremost, I am amazed by author's ability to deconstruct an incredibly complex conflict and present a clear and consist picture of a chain of events that has managed to baffle best and brightest politicians and media personalities for almost three decades. What's even more important, Mr. Rashid manages to do that while maintaining strict objectivity and neutrality. At the time when Afghanistan, phenomenon of Islamic extremism and steps that are taken to counter it may very well be the most polarising political issue of our time, author's absolutely unbiased presentation is in itself an achievement worth unreserved prise. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in going beyond the superficial and often partisan mainstream media coverage of what is going on in Afghanistan. "

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