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Koran, Kalashnikov, and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007 (Columbia/Hurst) 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0231700092
ISBN-10: 0231700091
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This detailed study... chronicles the rise of what Giustozzi labels 'the neo-Taliban'. Separate chapters treat how and why the neo-Taliban were recruited, their organization, their tactics and strategy, and the counterinsurgency efforts of the Afghan government and its outside supporters. With copious cross-referencing, he works in such subjects asthe continued involvement of Pakistan, the drug trade, neo-Taliban relations with Al Qaeda, and the rural-versus-urban dimension of this struggle. There are also several perceptive comparisons with insurgencies elsewhere in the world. [Giustozzi] concludes that reining in the neo-Taliban by arms or diplomacy will be more difficult now than reining in the original was five years ago. He also sees the group's strategy as having shifted in its new form from national resistance to global jihad.'

(Foreign Affairs)

A revelatory new book.

(Asia Times)

An important book as it shows the evolution of the movement [of the Taliban] into a more lethal entity... Current, relevant, and thought-provoking.

(Lester W. Grau Journal of Military History)

The definitive volume on the resurgent Taliban for policymakers, diplomats, and military leaders... a must-read.

(Kevin D. Stringer Military Review)

An excellent recent publication.

(International Socialist Review 1900-01-00)

A timely and relevant collection

(Middle East Quarterly 1900-01-00)

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This book fills the gap in the current scholarship on the neo-Taliban. It benefits from the author's entertainment of deep thinking and cross-analyses of facts and figures. While ambitious, by strictly confining himself to developments occurring between 2002 and 2007, Antonio Giustiozzi has succeeded in providing a valid framework for exploration of the nature of the political in Afghanistan in general and the resurgent Taliban in particular.

(Amalendu Misra, author of Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence)
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Product Details

  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231700091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231700092
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,601,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ahmed Rashid's "Taliban" is the definitive book on the Taliban pre-2001, and there is no equally well-researched and well-written account of their from power and the growing insurgency. Giustozzi's book is certainly well-researched, and very knowledgeable on many issues, but is by no means the book many have been waiting for. It's terribly written, and lacks any readability. Surprisingly, Giustozzi is light on many critical facets of the Taliban insurgency: links to the narcotics trade, operational catalysts such as the failure to disrupt the 2004 Afghan presidential election, the role of iconic individuals such as Mullah Dadullah, and an accurate account of UK and Canadian operations in 2006. Hopefully Ahmed Rashid will update his book soon. For now, Giustozzi's account is the best there is.
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To get an idea on the Taliban pre 2001 read, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition. The book to read after that would be this one. It gives facts and statistics on how and why the Taliban started their insurgency, key players involved in the insurgency, funding for the insurgency and strategy. There are also chrats included throughout this book to provide a visual for the authors statistics. It is a quick read and is the next book in discovering who the Taliban are.
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The who, what, where and how behind the Taliban in Afghanistan. This book helps explain who the enemy is and what they do.
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The story of Taliban told in a chronicle style. Not a very entertaining book. But a serious one. i recommend it.
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