The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War against America

The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War against America

by Daniel Benjamin, Steven Simon
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The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War against America by Daniel Benjamin, Steven Simon

Winner of the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations

From two of the world’s foremost experts on the new terrorism comes the definitive book on the rise of al-Qaeda and America’s efforts to combat the most innovative and dangerous terrorist group ever. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon trace the growth of radical Islam from its medieval origins and, drawing on their years of counter-terrorism work at the National Security Council, provide essential insights into the thinking of Usama bin Laden and his followers. With unique authority, they analyze why America was unable to defend itself against this revolutionary threat on September 11, 2001, why bin Laden’s apocalyptic creed is gaining ground in the Islamic world, and what the United States must do to stop the new terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812969849
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 903,396
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

STEVEN SIMON, assistant director and senior fellow for U.S. Security Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, served on the National Security Council staff as director for global issues from 1994 to 1998 and senior director for counterterrorism from 1998 to 1999. Prior to entering the administration, he held several positions at the U.S. Department of State dealing with regional security and nonproliferation. He holds degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton and was an international-affairs fellow at Oxford University.

DANIEL BENJAMIN, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served as director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff from 1998 to 1999 and as special assistant and foreign-policy speechwriter for President Clinton from 1994 to 1997. Prior to entering the administration, he was Berlin bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and has been a foreign correspondent for Time. He holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War against America 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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The book starts out with an excellent account of the growth of radical Islam and these chapters are a must read. The authors then try to portray the Clinton administration as being fully aware of the problem and engaged. Unfortunately events and actions don't indicate that any actions took place to protect the US from Al Quada.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was impressed by the tremendous in-depth understanding that both Mr. Benjamin and Mr.Simon have on the subject of Middle Eastern affairs. I also appreciated their insight into the Clinton White House. Unfortunately as the accounts of the actions of the previous administration begin to unfold, this book becomes nothing more than a series of Clinton Apologetics. Although some sense of responsiblitiy for the lack of decisive action by Clinton is conveyed, it portays an image of a Clinton presidency completely unable to break with the status quo and unable to overcome the blowback of his moral blunders. The real heroes portrayed here are the NSC and CIA staff that made their views known but found themselves crying in the wilderness. Politics aside, I found the book to be a good narrative of the non-public facts before September 11.