Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism / Edition 3

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Overview

This completely revised edition examines the events of September 11th 2001, Osama bin Laden's role and the complex working of the Al Qa'ida terror network. This is the classic book on the history of the USA's involvement with Afghanistan that explains the devastating consequences of the alliance between the US government and radical Islam. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the current international crisis. Cooley marshals a wealth of evidence – from the assassination of Sadat, the destabilisation of Algeria and Chechnya and the emergence of the Taliban, to the bombings of the World Trade Center and the US embassies in Africa. He examines the crucial role of Pakistan’s military intelligence organisation; uncovers China’s involvement and its aftermath; the extent of Saudi financial support; the role of ‘America’s most wanted man' Osama bin Laden; the BCCI connection; the CIA’s cynical promotion of drug traffic in the Golden Crescent; the events in Pakistan since the military coup of October 1999; and, finally, the events of September 11th 2001 and their continuing impact on world affairs.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection.' —Edward W. Said

'Cooley’s important and timely book examines a strange love affair that went disastrously wrong, the alliance between America and some of the most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam.' —Los Angeles Times Book Review

'The devil of John Cooley’s unsettling book is in the detail ... A persuasive argument against one-night stands in international alliances and makes clear that there will be an intolerable price to pay if Islam replaces communism as the next ‘Satanic foe”’. —Independent on Sunday

Karl E. Meyer
Unholy Wars asks salient questions and draws on an impressive body of sources.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Library Journal
Cooley, an ABC correspondent who has spent many years in the Middle East, calls his book a "narration," and indeed it reads more like a conversation than a traditional book. He focuses on the numerous riots, uprisings, and terrorist acts in the Arabic-speaking parts of the Middle East over the last two decades, which began when freedom fighters in Afghanistan returned to their home countries after the Afghan war. Cooley carries such ties even to the World Trade Center and Kenyan and Tanzanian embassy bombings. Since the CIA (and others) funded the fighters in Afghanistan, we are reaping a strange harvest for our efforts. Although there are minor factual errors and some of the movements may have fewer ties to Afghanistan than Cooley implies in his more sweeping statements, this provocative book certainly will provide insight into many events in the Middle East for the general reader.--Donald Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
New York Times Book Review
Cooley is to be commended for undertaking the ambitious task of tracing the repercussions of the Afghan war and for coming up with a great many details of value and interest.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Cooley's important and timely book examines a strange love affair that went disastrously wrong, the alliance between America and some of the most conservative and fanatical followers of Islam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745319179
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2002
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,411,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John K. Cooley is a correspondent for ABC News and has written widely on the Middle East and North Africa.He is the author of five other books on the Middle East, including Payback: America’s Long War in the Middle East (1991) and Libyan Sandstorm: Qaddafi’s Revolution (1981). He lives in Athens.

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Table of Contents

Maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Carter and Brezhnev in the Valley of Decision 9
2 Anwar al-Sadat 29
3 Zia al-Haq 47
4 Deng Xiaoping 65
5 Recruiters, Trainers, Trainees and Assorted Spooks 80
6 Donors, Bankers and Profiteers 106
7 Poppy Fields, Killing Fields and Druglords 126
8 Russia: Bitter Aftertaste and Reluctant Return 161
9 The Contagion Spreads: Egypt and the Maghreb 183
10 The Contagion Spreads: The Assault on America 215
Notes 242
App. I Press Release From United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, November 4, 1998 253
App. II The Resolution of the CPSU Central Committee 255
Index 270
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004

    John K. Cooley is brilliant !!

    Mr. Cooley's book is the most complete and meticulous research on the subject. It's a great reference book that's chilling, mesmerizing, and factual!

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