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Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America

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This book is the one all Americans must read to understand why radical Muslims, such as Osama bin Laden and his followers, have declared war on America and the West. Furthermore, this book accurately describes the severity of the threat they will continue to pose, with or without bin Laden's leadership, to our national security. To win the war against terrorism, the author argues, we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as "extremists" or "religious fanatics." Formulating a successful military strategy ...

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Overview

This book is the one all Americans must read to understand why radical Muslims, such as Osama bin Laden and his followers, have declared war on America and the West. Furthermore, this book accurately describes the severity of the threat they will continue to pose, with or without bin Laden's leadership, to our national security. To win the war against terrorism, the author argues, we must first stop dismissing militant Muslims as "extremists" or "religious fanatics." Formulating a successful military strategy requires that we see the enemy as they perceive themselves-as highly trained and motivated soldiers who fervently believe their cause is righteous. Militants throughout the Islamic world are enraged by what they believe is Western aggression against their people, religion, and culture. Though bin Laden declared war on America years ago-not once but twice-Americans were complacent in the face of his violent threats. Such misguided arrogance, according to the author, stems from the increasing secularization and moral relativism of American society and culture. Even if bin Laden is brought to justice, the author warns, the dangers posed by radical Islamic militants will not disappear. We must be prepared for a protracted war against terrorism. This important book will make a major impact on how America thinks about its enemy and itself.

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"A work of uncommon analytical acuity and perspicacity. The author has brilliantly captured the essence of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. His understanding of the beliefs and ideology that animate bin Laden and his followers sheds new and important light on al Qaeda's intentions, mindset, and targeting patterns. Through Our Enemies' Eyes is likely to become a classic in the literature on terrorism."
Publishers Weekly
Here "a senior U.S. civil servant with two decades of experience in the U.S. intelligence community's work on Afghanistan and South Asia" argues that the U.S. was unprepared for September 11 because "our own naivet and insularity led us to underestimate the complexity and determination of our adversaries." Examining bin Laden's words and his leadership qualities, the author says that Al Qaeda remains largely intact and that its next attack will be more lethal than September 11. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The credentials provided for the anonymous author of this in- depth history of Bin Laden and other radical Islamic groups state that he's a senior US intelligence official who's specialized in Afghanistan and South Asia, and that he's written on British imperial history. It seems the author's senior colleagues found the book gave too much strength of character to Bin Laden (without in any way agreeing with his tactics) and for this reason the author has published the work anonymously. The author explains carefully the context in which Bin Laden grew up, lived, and the issues that move him with stress throughout on his profound religious convictions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885538
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/27/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Scheuer
Bestselling author Michael Scheuer is the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit and has two decades of experience in national security issues related to Afghanistan and South Asia. After resigning from the agency in November 2004, he revealed his authorship of Imperial Hubris (Brassey's, Inc., 2004) and Through Our Enemies' Eyes both originally published under the byline "Anonymous." Scheuer has been featured extensively on television, including 60 Minutes, and has been the focus of print media worldwide. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Context for Understanding Bin Laden's Aims
Chapter 2 Obstacles to Understanding Bin Laden
Chapter 3 Chasing Bin Laden's Money
Chapter 4 Getting to Know Bin Laden: Substantive Themes of the Jihad
Chapter 5 Getting to Know Bin Laden: Character Traits
Chapter 6 Young Bin LAden: Family, Education, and Religion, 1957-1979 Chapter 7 Bin Laden and the Afghan War, 1980-1989: Facilitator, Engineer, Fighter, and Visionary
Chapter 8 Bin Laden and the Saudis, 1989-1991: From Favorite Son to Black Sheep
Chapter 9 Bin Laden in Exile: Afghanistan and the Sudan, 1991-1996
Chapter 10 Bin Laden Begins: Inciting and Waging Johad from Sudan, 1992-1996
Chapter 11 Bin Laden Returns to Afghanistan: Getting Settled and Politicking
Chapter 12 Bin Laden in Afghanistan: Targeting America and Expanding Al-Qaeda
Chapter 13 Bin Laden Stands at Armageddon and Battles for His Lord
Chapter 14 What to Expect from Al Qaeda
Chapter 15 Spring 2002: Where Are We? Where Are We Going?
Epilogue
Glossary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    Excellent Analysis of Bin Laden

    This book, written by an expert on the subject, analyzes Bin Laden's biography and motivation. It's an important book which should be read to better understand the nature of the war which we are fighting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Excellent and Intelligent

    Never have I encountered a more thought provoking and insightful revelation into the actions of Al Queda and Osama bin Laden. Moreover, the ideas presented are strategically aligned and logically presented to support the reader's understanding of terrorism fueled by fundamentalism. Finally, we have a way of understanding and ultimately defeating the enemy (Art of War ref.).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2002

    Best bin Laden book

    As I have been obsessed with terrorism for some time, I have read a number of the bin Laden books. Bodansky's is not worth the paper on which it was printed; Alexander and Swetman's is not much better; Bergen's is quite good; this one is excellent. It's the first book that really tries to communicate, in the plainest terms possible, how much America is despised in other parts of the world, and how this hatred, perhaps even more than bin Laden himself, is the real impetus behind the war against the West. That this book was released by a U.S. intelligence official, and that the logical conclusion of the evidence presented in the book is that the War of Terror will never be won by force, as is the current Bush policy, it seems that this may indicate an inter-governmental struggle for the best long-term strategy for protecting America. We can drop countless bombs, we can arrest and kill bin Laden and his top advisors, but since there exist tens of thousands of individuals who have somewhat valid grievances and inspired hatred against U.S. actions abroad, it would only take one of them, with a miniscule amount of cash and a little know-how about explosive chemical combinations, to kill hundreds of Americans. The most important thing I gleaned from Enemies¿ Eyes was that until we confront the issues that inspire such hatred against us, we will never be safe from terror. Please read this book.

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