Posted by: Christian | October 4, 2007

Koran, Kalashnikov And Laptop

October 5, 2007.

I’ve said it before: Antonio Giustozzi is one of the best and most productive analysts writing about conflict in Afghanistan at the moment. So go buy his newly published book. Note that I have only recommended three books thus far.

Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-7 is definitely going to be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf.

                 Giustozzi Book

An impressive lists of publications by Giustozzi, an expert on warlordism and insurgency at The London School of Economics, can be found here.

And if you don’t believe me, then here is some advance praise:

“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

Koran, Kalashnikov, and Laptop provides a balanced, objective, and unsensationalized consideration of the emergence of the neo-Taliban, taking on board the many perspectives and insights provided by numerous actors and analysts while also drawing on the author’s own conclusions. In so doing, it covers new and important ground in research on Afghanistan.”
—Peter Marsden, author of The Taliban: War, Religion, and the New Order in Afghanistan

More info at Amazon. Or


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