Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field (Columbia/Hurst)
Antonio Giustozzi gathers a renowned cast of journalists, experts, and academics to answer the most pressing questions regarding the Taliban today. Each contributor possesses extensive knowledge of the insurgency's latest developments, decoding its structure and organization as it operates within specific regions and provinces. They analyze the new Taliban as it expands: f...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Columbia University Press
(first published September 1st 2009)
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Nov 27, 2011 Ajk rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Folks who want to get deeper into Afghanistan study.
I'm usually pretty hestitant to give wholehearted "Read This Book" recommendation to anything. But read this book. Giustozzzi has taken time away from writing two books to edit this collection. I really like what he did. He got 12 writers (plus himself) to come together and have everyone write 15-40 pages about their focus in Afghanistan. Most writers chose to look at a province or a region, while others looked at something a bit more systemic. Overall, you get many readable articles that are de...more
On the recommendation of Abu Muquwama I read this book. While it is a good read it is clear that many of the writers have little to no background on counterinsurgency. While to their credit the experiences seem to have pushed them in the doctrinally correct direction I cannot help but think the pages would've been better used by people who already knew the basics. Elsewhere there is a great deal of detail about the fractionated groups and their commands. The book in other words is very uneven. I...more