From one of our most trusted counterterrorism experts, a sweeping, insider's account of the decade-long chase for America's deadliest enemy.
This landmark history chronicles the dramatic, decade-long war against al Qa’ida and provides a model for understanding the ebb and flow of terrorist activity. Tracing intricately orchestrated terrorist plots and the elaborate, multiyear investigations to disrupt them, Seth G. Jones identifies three distinct “waves” of al Qa’ida violence. As Jonathan Mahler wrote in the New York Times Book Review, “studying these waves and the counterwaves that repelled them can tell us a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fighting terrorism.” The result is a sweeping, insider’s account of what the war has been and what it might become.
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About the Author
Seth G. Jonesis the Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as well as the author of A Covert Action, In the Graveyard of Empires, and Hunting in the Shadows. He lives outside of Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Charts vii
Chapter 1 A Model Investigation 1
Part I The First Wave
Chapter 2 The Origins of Dissent 29
Chapter 3 Hunting in the Hindu Kush 53
Chapter 4 Al Qa'ida in Pakistan 79
Chapter 5 Coming to America 108
Part II The Second Wave
Chapter 6 Al Qa'ida in Iraq 141
Chapter 7 The Madrid Attacks 161
Chapter 8 The London Attacks 185
Chapter 9 Resurgence in Pakistan 214
Chapter 10 The Tide Turns in Iraq 239
Chapter 11 Revolt from Within 261
Part III The Toird Wawe
Chapter 12 Leaderless Jihad? 287
Chapter 13 Al Qa'ida Strikes Back 311
Chapter 14 The Rise of Yemen 336
Chapter 15 A Different Breed 368
Chapter 16 A Near Miss 392
Chapter 17 We Got Him 414
Part IV The Fourth Wave?
Chapter 18 Prevention 433
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books -- if not the best book -- I've read on al Qa'ida over the past decade. It is well-researched and well-written. I have worked on counterterrorism issues for the U.S. government, and can attest that Dr. Jones demonstrates an innate ability to hit the key issues -- both good and bad -- for the major al Qa'ida plots over the past decade: from Khalid Sheikh Mohammad's post-9/11 plots to Najibullah Zazi in 2009. Most useful, however, is his argument that al Qa'ida's strength has not been linear, but has ebbed and flowed as part of a series of "waves" and "reverse waves." Great book. If you're going to read one book on the history of al Qa'ida, this is it!!!
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is well documented. It should be read by anyone having an interest in how al Qa'ida operates. Former Special Forces solder