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Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone

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One of Canada's leading journalists takes readers on a rollicking ten-year journey around the globe to tell the terrorism stories not often told.

In the complicated world of terrorism and national security, issues are frequently reduced to sound bites or 500-word stories. But for a decade, the Toronto Star's national security correspondent Michelle Shephard has travelled where others have not, witnessing the impact of Western foreign policies that all too often make the world a ...

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Overview

One of Canada's leading journalists takes readers on a rollicking ten-year journey around the globe to tell the terrorism stories not often told.

In the complicated world of terrorism and national security, issues are frequently reduced to sound bites or 500-word stories. But for a decade, the Toronto Star's national security correspondent Michelle Shephard has travelled where others have not, witnessing the impact of Western foreign policies that all too often make the world a more dangerous place, rather than a safer one. The intrepid journalist's ten-year journey through terrorism's grey zone began on September 11, 2001, when as a young crime reporter she stood where the World Trade Center once towered, her arms coated with debris that still fell from the sky. Like everyone else, she asked, "Why?"

Shephard chased answers from Syria to Somalia, from the mountains of Pakistan and Yemen and into the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison. She had tea with men on the U.S. terrorism watch list, Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, a leader of Somalia's al Shabab, celebrated her 36th birthday in an Irish pub in Cuba's Gitmo, chewed the leafy narcotic qat in Yemen with high-level government officials and tribal leaders, and met a 17-year-old teenager in Mogadishu who broke her heart.

She was one of only a handful of journalists to experience the "Arab awakening" from the streets of Sanaa. Shephard ends where she began, at Ground Zero, reporting on the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Decade of Fear is a sweeping non-fiction narrative, a journalist's journey, an analysis and indictment of all that went wrong since 9/11. It is also a look ahead at what could now go right.

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“Michelle Shephard is one of the great national security reporters of our time. In this age of ‘journalists’ embedded in their air-conditioned offices, she is a rare exception: a real reporter”&#8212Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

“Michelle Shephard has delivered a wide-ranging, well-written, witty account of the war that began on 9/11 that is also a serious, knowledgeable and empathetic journey ...She takes the reader on quite a ride. My advice: Go along!”
—Peter L. Bergen, author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda and Holy War, Inc

“Reading Decade of Fear is essential to understanding the post-9/11 world. ... If you care about the world you live in and can only read one book this year, this should be it.” —Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran and After Tehran

“...so thrilling and terrific, I wish it wasn’t true.”
Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

“Through her outstanding reporting, Michelle recounts how the ‘war on terror’ has yet to be won and bears witness to the consequences of a decade in which justice was not blind, and the world was only viewed through the prism of fear.”
Lt. General (ret) Senator Romeo Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553656586
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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