Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida since 9/11 by Seth G. Jones
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.
Seth G. Jones has served as a senior advisor at U.S. Special Operations Command and is currently associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and the author of In the Graveyard of Empires.
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More than 1 year ago
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!!!
More than 1 year ago
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