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

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

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by Michael Scheuer
     
 

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,

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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 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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Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher
"Among the ‘war on terrorism cognoscenti’ in and around Washington, D.C., mere word-of-mouth established [Through Our Enemies Eyes] as required reading for anyone seeking to understand bin Laden, the movement that he cofounded and led, and the profound threat that it posed (and continues to pose) to the United States and to international peace. Accordingly, the book’s reputation spread as a thoroughly reliable, trenchant, and commendably clear exegesis of al Qaeda’s ideology, goals, and alarming ambitions. . . . The key to success in warfare, the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu wrote, is to ‘know your enemy and you will know yourself.’ In Through Our Enemies Eyes , Scheuer answers the first part of that irrefutable formulation."

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

"[Scheuer’s] examination of al Qaeda is a bracing corrective to much that has passed as analysis about the group."

"A highly informative analysis."

"A masterful job at . . . interpreting what bin Laden is trying to tell America but that has fallen on deaf ears."

"A sobering portrait of Osama bin Laden."

"This is a book that all professional soldiers should read since it represents, in significant detail, the views and motivation of one of our primary adversaries, while clearly defining the severity of the ongoing threat."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597971621
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
11/30/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
801,609
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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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