ISIS: The State of Terror

ISIS: The State of Terror

by Jessica Stern, J. M. Berger


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The Islamic State, known as ISIS, exploded into the public eye in 2014 with startling speed and shocking brutality. It has captured the imagination of the global jihadist movement, attracting recruits in unprecedented numbers and wreaking bloody destruction with a sadistic glee that has alienated even the hardcore terrorists of its parent organization, al Qaeda.

Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America’s leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.

ISIS: The State of Terror traces the ideological innovations that the group deploys to recruit unprecedented numbers of Westerners, the composition of its infamous snuff videos, and the technological tools it exploits on social media to broadcast its atrocities, and its recruiting pitch to the world, including its success at attracting thousands of Western adherents. The authors examine ISIS’s predatory abuse of women and children and its use of horror to manipulate world leaders and its own adherents as it builds its twisted society. The authors offer a much-needed perspective on how world leaders should prioritize and respond to ISIS’s deliberate and insidious provocations. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062395559
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 290,340
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jessica Stern is a research professor at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and a Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard’s School of Public Health. She served on the Clinton administration’s National Security Council Staff. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); and The Ultimate Terrorists. 

J. M. Berger is a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution and the author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, a critically acclaimed history of the American jihadist movement. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy magazine and his website,, has published thousands of declassified documents on the September 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Table of Contents

Glossary ix

Timeline xv

A Note on Sourcing xxiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda in Iraq 13

Chapter 2 The Rise of ISIS 33

Chapter 3 From Vanguard to Smart Mob 53

Chapter 4 The Foreign Fighters 75

Chapter 5 The Message 101

Chapter 6 Jihad Goes Social 127

Chapter 7 The Electronic Brigades 147

Chapter 8 The AQ-ISIS War 177

Chapter 9 ISIS'S Psychological Warfare 199

Chapter 10 The Coming Final Battle? 219

Chapter 11 The State of Terror 233

Appendix 257

Afterword 281

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 297

Index 383

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JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder, "What's going on? This just seems so unreal. Why are they doing this?" We've become accustomed to living in a less barbaric world than that which is depicted by groups such as Isis. For this reason, it is imperative that everyone read this book. Wake up. Worldwide Jihad is their goal, and without resistance that stems from knowledge, it's inevitable. Wake up! For the love of everything you hold dear, WAKE UP! This book is easy to understand, even if you have no background information going in. It is very focused on where these barbaric factions came from, what drives them, and why they aren't (on their own) going away. I have been recommending this book to everyone who asks me about current events. Read it, listen to it, and talk about it. Whatever you do, don't ignore it. Not any more. Well done, Stern and Berger.
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can you send me your e-mail please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys know Isis doesnt have the time to buy a nook and look a comments on a book about him, right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooI hate Isis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But i love the book; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yall know isis is a group of people, not one person?valittle knowledge!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont like isis bad person cacth him and whatch out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have visions of your plans so do my friends i have an army to take u down to were u never exzisted im 12 years old two are chosen good and evil will fight together till the last weapon falls. JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS THE ONE AND ONLY!!!!!! TRUE GOD!!!!!!!!!
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