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The Taliban at War, 2001–2018
The Taliban at War, 2001–2018
By Antonio Giustozzi
Hurst, 2019, 384 pp

Giustozzi provides a detailed and dense account of the Taliban’s resilience. He shows how the group persevered and regrouped after both the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and the “surge” of U.S. troops in 2009, under the Obama administration. Based on many conversations with former and current members of the organization, this study is an important contribution to the history of the American-led war in Afghanistan. Giustozzi explores how the Taliban financed their campaigns, raised the morale of their members, and managed the tensions among a variety of distinct factions within the group.