Taliban: Islam, Oil, and the Great New Game in Central Asia

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ahmed Rashid

Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2002

Duration: 11 hours 8 minutes


In this enormously insightful book, correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban, the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization, into sharp focus. He explains the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

“The broader story here is powerful…A great deal from Mr. Rashid’s book [is] about the nature of local Central Asian politics and the consequences of interference by outside powers…Valuable and informative work.”—New York Times