“An absolutely compelling case that we haven't seen the end of terrorism in this country. In a gripping narrative, Herridge tells how it was only by sheer luck we sidestepped al Qaeda's "second wave" - and we'll need all the more of it not to be hit by the next.” – Bob Baer, New York Times bestselling author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil
"The only thing more disturbing than al Qaeda's efforts to recruit U.S. citizens to harm America is its success at doing so. Expertly investigated, The Next Wave delivers a powerfully written, fresh look at homegrown terrorism in its most insidious form – and gives every reason to believe that the question is not whether an attack will occur, but when."
- The Honorable Tom Ridge
“Catherine Herridge has written a book that, from start to finish, grabs the reader. It is a fabulous look into her complex world that contains detailed observations and shocking revelations. Woven into the back story is the harsh reality of U.S. government incompetence, cover-up and deception – all focused on self-serving bureaucratic ass-covering that continues to endanger the well being of the American people. She is able to provide a dire forecast – a storm warning if you will – of the next generation of Muslim extremism and how they are evolving and adapting to the 21st century. Her work should be read – and internalized – by anyone who wants to learn how we must improve U.S. national security, counterterrorism and intelligence collection. Herridge's investigation of al Qaeda 2.0 reads like a novel. Herridge comes from a military family so her reporting on national security issues is deeply personal. The Next Wave is an action adventure like a "mission impossible" military mom.”
—Tony Shaffer, LtCol (USAR), bestselling author of Operation DARK HEART, and Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies
"Even before Osama bin Laden's death, al Qa'ida had shown itself to be an organization as adaptable as it was deadly. With their plots frustrated at one level, they have adjusted their approach. Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave chronicles that adjustmentincluding more AQ reliance on the self radicalized, home grown, lower threshold threatand challenges us to adapt as quickly and as well as our murderous adversary. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand where this war is going and what we need to do to win it."
General Michael Hayden, former director CIA and NSA
“Written with no-nonsense clarity, moral rigor and hard-earned expertise, The Next Wave is a landmark in investigative journalism. This book by our most-relentless reporter on national security reveals in sharp detail how Washington's infighting, political correctness and outright duplicity enable home-grown Islamist terrorists to attack Americansby turning our own freedoms and laws against us. Fierce, first-rate and frightening.”
—Ralph Peters, former U.S. Army intelligence officer and author of Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization.
"This is a must read for every American. The domestic terrorist threat is real! America's response has been disappointing. Explore the world of the growing and evolving danger of homegrown terrorism in this compelling analysis." - Congressman Pete Hoekstra Chairman/Ranking member House Intelligence Committee (2004 - 2011)
“Catherine Herridge is quite simply the best national security reporter on television today. She breaks news, and tracks down stories before the mainstream media – and even the U.S. government – know about them. If you want the inside story of how an American Muslim cleric became al Qaeda’s top recruiter and propagandist, and the growing danger posed by cadre of traitors – al Qaeda’s American recruits – you must read this book.” – Marc Thiessen
“Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave is a desperately needed antidote to the soothing, politically correct, but ultimately lethal pabulum about militant Islamism fed to Americans by leaders in both parties and their academic and mainstream-media acolytes. Ms. Herridge's investigatory reporting details the growing appeal of bin Laden's call to jihad among young U.S.-citizen Muslim males, as well as the damage they already have done in America due to a lack of focused, enduring attention from government and law-enforcement officials at all levels, men and women who fear a backlash from bin Laden's able, if unthinking abettors in U.S.-based Muslim advocacy groups, the ACLU, and other champions of multiculturalism. Ms. Herridge's The Next Wave makes clear that a front in the war America is fighting overseas against Islamist militancy is well established in the United States, that it is growing and attracting intelligent fighters, and that it intends widespread violence in our cities and towns.” –Michael Scheuer, author of Osama bin Laden and Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University
The killing of Osama bin Laden by a team of U.S. Navy Seals in a compound near Pakistan's capital ended the career of al-Qaeda's notorious leader; however, new leaders emerge. One leader is Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Yemeni cleric who has been linked to, among others, three of the 9/11 hijackers and to Major Nidal Hasan, who murdered 13 personnel at Fort Hood in 2009. Herridge (national correspondent, Fox News) recounts the story of al-Qaeda's American recruits by focusing on the case of al-Awlaki and bases her account on Fox News reports as well as her travels across the United States and Yemen and to Guantánamo Bay to interview a handful of U.S. law enforcement and security agents. She did not interview any of the radicalized Americans. VERDICT Herridge writes with a sensationalist approach, unlike J.M. Berger in Jihad Joe, reviewed above, and does not provide much analysis or insight. Both books are largely descriptive and anecdotal, but Berger's is the better choice for those seeking journalism that is more objective and somewhat broader and deeper in scope. Fans of Fox News may want to seek out Herridge's book.—Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile
Solid account of the growing threat of homegrown terrorists.
In 2009, FBI director Robert Mueller stated that American-born recruits to al-Qaeda posed a "real and growing" danger to the United States. Drawing on a six-month investigation for Fox News, where she is a national correspondent covering homeland security and the intelligence community, Herridge debuts with a revealing report on a new generation of terrorists and the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has inspired many of them to commit violent acts. Now believed to be in Yemen, al-Awlaki was targeted for killing by the U.S. government in 2010. He is linked to three of the 9/11 hijackers, the massacre at Foot Hood, the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing and the cargo printer plot in October 2010. Drawing on documents and interviews, the author shows how the charismatic al-Awlaki has become a leading al-Qaeda propagandist, using the Internet to recruit alienated American youths, many newly arrived in America, to join the terrorist cause. There are several hundred important jihadist websites, and al-Awlaki crafts messages ("44 Ways to Support Jihad," etc.) for them using rap music and other Western marketing techniques. His target audience consists of under-30 individuals who are unsure of their identity and welcome a chance to connect anonymously online. In recounting al-Awlaki's activities and the stories of young jihadists, Herridge notes that homegrown terrorists are often U.S. passport holders who travel abroad for training, and Americans who are radicalized at home in chat rooms. She offers evidence that al-Awlaki may have been part of a terrorist cell within the United States that paved the way for 9/11, and that American officials may have tried to turn the cleric into an informant.
A sobering view of why the 9/11 nightmare continues a decade later.