This New York Times best seller remains the most informative and objective account of the Taliban available
This modern classic brings the shadowy world of the Taliban and its impact on Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Central Asia into sharp focus. Ahmed Rashid offers an authoritative account of the Taliban’s rise to power, the effects of changing American attitudes toward it, and the new faces of Islamic fundamentalism, and explains why Afghanistan has become the world’s center for international terrorism.
This edition, updated in view of the Taliban’s resurgence and sudden, renewed purchase on Afghanistan’s major cities, explores how the group regained its strength and broadened its geographical reach. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the events that unfolded in 2021 following America’s withdrawal from the country after twenty years of war.