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Shades of gray: The Taliban phenomenon

Volume 17, Issue 1

May, 2011

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Stephenson, J. (2011). Shades of gray: The Taliban phenomenon. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(1): 235-237. Review of Taliban: The True Story of the World’s Most Feared Guerrilla Fighters, by James Fergusson. London: Bantam. 2010, 310 pp. ISBN 978-0-593066-34-8 (hardback).
Author(s): Jon Stephenson
Review book by James Fergusson
Publication date: 
May, 2010

''I just can't understand the Americans,’ an Afghan mullah tells British writer James Fergusson. ‘What they are doing makes no sense—and if they go on as they are, the whole country will rise against them.’ The mullah—an educated, apolitical man, fluent in five languages—is hauled from his bed one night by US commandos. Beaten and dragged off to the notorious Bagram detention centre, he is later released, but is so outraged he joins the Taliban.'