The U.S. vs. al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror

The U.S. vs. al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror

by Gideon Rose
     
 

“With Osama bin Laden dead and al Qaeda discredited and on the run, the terrorists clearly did not win. But neither did we,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in the introductory chapter of a new collection of essays published by Foreign Affairs magazine. Released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. vs. al Qaeda offers a history of the War…  See more details below

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“With Osama bin Laden dead and al Qaeda discredited and on the run, the terrorists clearly did not win. But neither did we,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in the introductory chapter of a new collection of essays published by Foreign Affairs magazine. Released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. vs. al Qaeda offers a history of the War on Terror as told through Foreign Affairs’ incisive coverage.

The edition features groundbreaking articles by thinkers such as Princeton University’s Bernard Lewis, Fouad Ajami of Johns Hopkins University, and Afghanistan expert Ahmed Rashid, as well as newer voices, including the Norwegian defense analyst Brynjar Lia and William McCants, an expert on al Qaeda at the Center for Naval Analyses. A documents section supplements the essays with major speeches by President George W. Bush—for instance, his January 2002 State of the Union Address and his September 2002 National Security Strategy, which codified the administration’s new foreign policy—as well as statements by President Barack Obama, private correspondence between Osama bin Laden and his deputies, and pivotal U.S. legislation.

In “The War on Terror in Retrospect: Anatomy of an Overreaction,” Rose draws on the collected articles to examine America’s decade-long response to the 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration’s waging of the war on terror was, he writes, “not the heroic success story supporters claimed, nor the nefarious conspiracy its harshest critics charged.” The U.S. government’s policies were “well intentioned and its enemies were worth opposing.” The problem was that “Washington could not keep its head.” The book offers perspective on that tale of “unchecked power goaded into hubris, followed by folly, followed by nemesis.” It exposes the bitter tale of the last decade, writes Rose—a story of how a “country that had entered the new millennium riding high sunk as low as it had been in more than a generation.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013045798
Publisher:
Foreign Affairs
Publication date:
08/22/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
698 KB

Meet the Author

Gideon Rose was appointed Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2010. He was Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000-2010. He has also served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is the author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Jonathan Tepperman was appointed Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs in January 2011. He previously worked at Foreign Affairs from 1998-2006 before moving to Newsweek International, where he was Deputy Editor in charge of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Middle East coverage, and then to Eurasia Group, where he was Managing Editor and a director. He has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The American Prospect, and others. He has law degrees from Oxford and New York University.

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