Reaping the Whirlwind

Reaping the Whirlwind : Al Qa'ida and the Holy War

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This text aims to give an insider's look at the Taliban's rise to power and the escalation of the violence that followed. This edition includes new chapters on the eventual demise of the movement and the rapid changes in Afghanistan's political landscape. Drawing on interviews with key members of the Taliban, investigative journalist Michael Griffin examines its origins and beliefs, its religious and political ethos and the character of its particular brand of Islamic fundamentalism. In the process, he looks at the contemporary political situation in Afghanistan and what the future holds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 146 x 226 x 26mm | 621.43g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • index
  • 0745319157
  • 9780745319155

Table of contents

The killing of Najibullah; city of night; warriors of God; a mission to cleanse; burning down the house; Zahir option; the river between; the new emirates; nest of vipers; oblivion's feast; hostages; ignoble grave; a fistful of dollars; satellites and stars; the bicycle thieves.
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"Michael Griffin has reached a better understanding of the Taliban in his book than I have come across anywhere else." John Simpson, BBC; 'A splendid book.' The New Statesman; 'A necessary book... a meticulous dissection of the limits of power in a violently sectarian society.' LA Times; 'Filled with the dramatic moments, ironies and political intrigues that color the Taliban's rise... Griffin writes engagingly.' The New York Times Book Review; 'A detailed account of the Taliban... Griffin has compiled a useful interim study of an extraordinary and little known movement.' Times Literary Supplement
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About Michael Griffin

Michael Griffin is a widely travelled freelance writer and journalist who has worked as an information consultant for UNICEF in Afghanistan.
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