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Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan
Cut adrift after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan has become a political no-man's-land.Historically an artifical "buffer state, " Afghanistan has in recent years become the geopolitical playground of a variety of competitng interests - the Americans, the Saudis, Russians and Pakistanis, let alone drug barons, arms dealers and oil interests.Afghanistan's ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Pluto Press (UK)
(first published April 1st 1998)
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There is a grim nostalgia to reading "Reaping the Whirlwind" ten years after its publication. At that time of course the towers still stood and the people who worked in them were alive. Across the world where the plot was hatched, the last major obstacle to Taliban domination, was also alive (he was assassinated on Sept. 9), pent up in the unforgiving mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. The giant Buddhas of Bamiyan were still there (although one of them has taken some artillery). Bin Ladin ...more
I very detailed book on the birth of Taliban in Afghanistan. The author explains the Taliban movement in Afghanistan along with the roles of other countries such as Pakistan, United States, and some Arabic countries in lots of details. If you are not an expert on the region or the topic, or if you are not crazy about the movement and the politics, I would not recommend this book for you. This book is for experts.
This is an account of the grim and depressing history of Afghanistan focusing on the grim, bloody and depressing decade (circa 1990 to 2000) which saw the rise and consolidation of the Taliban regime. If you are only superficially conversant with the area and its incessant power struggles, this is definitely an easy book to get lost in. The author thoughtfully starts the book with a chronology ranging from the overthrow of King Zahir Shah in 1973, the establishment of a communist state, the ...more
Published in January 2001, this smart synopsis drawn from news accounts and the author's own brief sojourns in Afghanistan recounts the rise of the Taliban movement. It is a story that foretells the events of 9/11 on the ninth anniversary of which I finished reading this book. The book today might better be titled "In Plain Sight," since what we live with in the news today was in plain view in the international press already a decade and more ago.