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Seeds of Terror

How Drugs, Thugs and Crime are Reshaping the Afghan War

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

The astonishing expose of al Qaeda and the Taliban’s booming drug trade

Seeds of Terror will reshape the way you think about the West’s enemies, revealing them less as ideologues and more as criminals who earn billions of pounds every year off the opium trade. With the breakneck pace of a thriller, author Gretchen Peters traces their illicit activities from the vast poppy fields of southern Afghanistan to heroin labs run by Taliban commanders, from drug convoys armed with Stinger missiles to the money launderers of Karachi and Dubai. Based on hundreds of interviews with Taliban fighters, smugglers, and law enforcement and intelligence agents, Peters makes the case that we must cut terrorists off from their drug earnings if we ever hope to beat them.

Gretchen Peters has covered Pakistan and Afghanistan for more than a decade, first for the Associated Press and later for ABC News. A Harvard graduate, Peters was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto and won the SAJA Journalism Award for a Nightline segment on Pervez Musharraf. She lives in the United States with her husband, the Robert Capa Gold Medal-winning photojournalist John Moore, and their two daughters.

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (September 1, 2011)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851688913

"Required reading for anyone interested in public-policy issues concerning drugs, defense, and diplomacy . . . Buy it."

– National Post

"An important examination of ‘the nexus of [drug] smugglers and extremists’ in the global war against terrorists. Peters builds a solid case [and] has exhaustively framed one of the thorniest problems facing policy makers in this long war."

– Publishers Weekly

"Sure to be hotly discussed"

– Booklist

“It is rare that a journalist writes about some aspect of American foreign policy, makes an impassioned plea for change and finds her advice adopted.”

– The Economist

"A stunning, deeply disturbing book … A must-read for all Western policymakers."

– Ahmed Rashid - bestselling author of 'Taliban' and 'Descent into Chaos'

"A vitally important book."

– Robert Baer - bestselling author of 'Sleeping with the Devi'l and 'The Devil We Know'

"A superlative job."

– Jack Lawn - DEA chief under Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush