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Winner of the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award Gold Medal
"The Age of Scared Terror provides a staggering account of the origins of al-Qaeda, its motives and its bloody history since the early 1990s. After reading this book no one should be in any doubt that a new and unprecedented form of terrorism dedicated to the mass destruction of human life now exists. The book is also the chilling story of how slow and reluctant the West has been to recognize and counter an enemy whose intentions are more deadly than any it has ever faced before. The events of September 11, 2001, changed the world: Ours has truly become the age of sacred terror. This book explains in great and compelling detail how those events were possible, how they might perhaps have been avoided, and how they could occur again. Everyone should read it - and be warned."
"Of the many books spawned by September 11, this one is in a class by itself. The authors range widely and authoritatively from history to current events; from fast-paced narrative to sharp, often original analysis; from deep behind enemy lines, where they get into the heads of the enemy, to the Situation Room in the basement of the White House where the American response is formulated (and where the authors logged so many hours themselves). In the phrase that has gained such currency since 9/11, here's a book that truly connects the dots. It does so in a spare, lucid style with flashes of real brilliance and with admirable fairness to all three administrations — from Bush to Clinton to Bush — that have grappled with a decade of steadily escalating terrorism."
-Strobe Talbott, former deputy Secretary of State and author of The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy
“With telling detail and crisp prose, Benjamin and Simon’s book may emerge as the best insider account.”—Mark Strauss, The Washington Post
“These authors know ﬁrsthand how decisions are made within the White House’s National Security Council, irrespective of the political party in power.... [A] meticulously researched, well-written book.”—Judith Miller, The New York Times
“[The] book’s most important and lasting contribution is its exploration of the relationship between al-Qaeda’s toxic message and the Muslim mainstream. [The authors] examine in considerable detail the gradual evolution of Islamist political thought, describing the timeless inﬂuence of Islamic thinkers such as the thirteenth-century theologian Taqi al-Din ibn Taymiyya and the eighteenth-century preacher Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, whose ideas form the political and religious foundation of modern Saudi Arabia.”—Ellen Laipson, Foreign Affairs
“[A] gripping account of al-Qaeda’s rise and America’s response.”—Newsweek
From the Hardcover edition.
|Pt. 1||The Terror|
|2||Ibn Taymiyya and His Children||38|
|3||The Warrior Prince||95|
|4||Raiders on the Path of God||134|
|5||Fields of Jihad||167|
|6||A Paradigm Lost||219|
|7||The Unknown War||256|
|8||The Shock of the New||326|
|9||A Failure of Intelligence||350|
|10||How Great a Failure?||384|
|Pt. 3||After Afghanistan|
|11||Terror and Strategy||393|
|12||A World of Terror||419|
Posted April 21, 2013
Posted December 25, 2002
I was impressed by the tremendous in-depth understanding that both Mr. Benjamin and Mr.Simon have on the subject of Middle Eastern affairs. I also appreciated their insight into the Clinton White House. Unfortunately as the accounts of the actions of the previous administration begin to unfold, this book becomes nothing more than a series of Clinton Apologetics. Although some sense of responsiblitiy for the lack of decisive action by Clinton is conveyed, it portays an image of a Clinton presidency completely unable to break with the status quo and unable to overcome the blowback of his moral blunders. The real heroes portrayed here are the NSC and CIA staff that made their views known but found themselves crying in the wilderness. Politics aside, I found the book to be a good narrative of the non-public facts before September 11.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2010
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