Jason Burke's bestseller Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam shows Islamic militancy to be a far broader phenomenon than previously thought, demolishing the myths that underpin the 'war on terror'.
Prize-winning journalist Jason Burke's Al-Qaeda - now updated with new material on Iraq, Afghanistan and the July 2005 London bombings - is acknowledged to be the most accurate, readable and expert account yet of the complex nature of Islamic extremism.
Burke has spent a decade reporting from the heart of the Middle East and gaining unprecedented access to the world of radical Islam. Drawing on his frontline experience of recent events, on secret documents and astonishing interviews with intelligence officers, Taliban foot soldiers, militants, mujahedeen commanders and Osama bin Laden's associates, he reveals the full story of al-Qaeda.
'A must-read ... Jason Burke's book is the one that will last. It's a triumph'
'If you read one book about the troubles, make it Jason Burke's Al-Qaeda'
'An indispensable guide to the multidimensional reality of Al-Qaeda'
Jason Burke is the South Asia correspondent for the Guardian. He has reported around the world for both the Guardian and the Observer. He is the author of two other widely praised books, both published by Penguin: The 9/11 Wars and On the Road to Kandahar. He lives in New Delhi.
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A must-read ... Burke's book is the one that will last. It's a triumph (Giles Foden Guardian )
The most reliable and perceptive guide to the rise of militant Islam yet published (William Dalrymple Observer )
Indispensable (John Gray New Statesman )
On a hot summer's day in 1996 a plane carrying Osama bin Laden and a few friends and family landed just outside the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The Saudi-born Islamic activist had little equipment, few followers and minimal local support. Yet within five years he had built an organization that was to carry out the most shocking and devastating terrorist attack in history. In Arabic, the term "Al-Qaeda" is an abstract noun meaning resource, network or base. In the West, it symbolizes a great threat to global security. Though its Afghan training camps have now been reduced to dust, no one believes that al-Qaeda was destroyed with them. But what is al-Qaeda? Is it a disciplined, motivated, structured terrorist organization led by a single criminal mastermind or no more than an idea, a language in which angry young Muslim men can articulate their rage? Bin Laden's aim to provoke conflict between militant Islam and the West appears closer to fulfilment than ever!
. But is al-Qaeda the catalyst of this conflict, or merely a symbol of it? This is an investigation of the al-Qaeda phenomenon by a recognized expert on the subject.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom, 2007. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 385 pages b/w photos index biblio glossary notes - 'Based on careful on-the-ground investigation and penetrating inquiry, this fine study, the most illuminating I know, gives remarkable insight into Islamic militacy, its root causes, its evolution and likely future. It is essential reading for anyone who hopes to understand the "network of networks" loosely termed al-Qaeda, and its complex interactions both with the West and with the societies it intends to reshape' Noam Chomsky. Bookseller Inventory # 332505