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by Larry P. Goodson

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Going beyond the stereotypes of Kalashnikov-wielding Afghan mujahideen and black-turbaned Taliban fundamentalists, Larry Goodson explains in this concise analysis of the Afghan war what has really been happening in Afghanistan in the last twenty years.

Beginning with the reasons behind Afghanistan's inability to forge a strong state -- its myriad cleavages along ethnic, religious, social, and geographical fault lines -- Goodson then examines the devastating course of the war itself. He charts its utter destruction of the country, from the deaths of more than 2 million Afghans and the dispersal of some six million others as refugees to the complete collapse of its economy, which today has been replaced by monoagriculture in opium poppies and heroin production. The Taliban, some of whose leaders Goodson interviewed as recently as 1997, have controlled roughly 80 percent of the country but themselves have shown increasing discord along ethnic and political lines.

First line

Although it is little noted today, one of the world's most famous border crossings lies between Afghanistan and Pakistan at a tiny town called Torkham.

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  • Title Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban
  • Author Larry P. Goodson
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 279
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
  • Date 2001-08-01
  • Features Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Maps, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780295980508 / 0295980508
  • Weight 0.92 lbs (0.42 kg)
  • Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.64 in (22.86 x 15.24 x 1.63 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 1950-1999
    • Cultural Region: Asian - General
    • Ethnic Orientation: Asian - General
  • Library of Congress subjects Afghanistan - History - 1989-, Afghanistan - Social conditions
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 00060701
  • Dewey Decimal Code 958.1

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Citations

  • New York Times, 11/18/2001, Page 16
  • Publishers Weekly, 11/26/2001, Page 52
  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry, 01/01/2002, Page 101

About the author

Larry P. Goodson is associate professor of international studies at Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts.

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