Al-Qaeda by Jason Burke
Casting a Shadow of Terror

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Award-winning reporter Jason Burke shows how the threat from Islamic terrorism comes not from a single criminal mastermind, or even from one group. In this revealing account, he characterizes it is a broad movement with profound roots in the politics, societies and history of the Islamic world. Using hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents, Burke shows how "Al-Qaeda" is a convenient label applied misleadingly to a diverse, disorganized global movement dedicated to fighting a "cosmic battle" with the West. This is the definitive account of the mysterious organization, retelling its story from scratch and challenging many myths that threaten the very foundations of the "War on Terror."
 

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Jason Burke is the prize-winning Chief Reporter for "The Observer," London. He saw many of the key events described in this book at first hand.
 
Published August 26, 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror by Jason Burke 292pp, IB Tauris, £18.95 Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever Seen by Yosri Fouda and Nick Fielding 208pp, Mainstream, £9.99 There are really only two books you need to read to...

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The Guardian

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As Burke shows, prior to Clinton elevating bin Laden to mythic status by firing cruise missiles at al-Qaeda bases, few in the Islamic world had ever heard of him.

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Publishers Weekly

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As a result, he argues, the U.S. focus on bin Laden and al-Qaida is misguided and ultimately a waste of time—in fact, he says, it will only create more bin Ladens.

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The Telegraph

The deaths of two senior Iraqi al-Qaeda leaders in a joint operation .

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Asharq Al-Awsat

He does not view Al Qaeda as a unified “axis of evil” but rather as an “amorphous, dynamic and fragmented movement based more on personal relations and a shared world view than on formal membership of an organization.” “The 9/11 Wars” covers all the major struggles that have occurred since, and...

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