Children of Jihad by Jared Cohen
A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East

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Defying foreign government orders and interviewing terrorists face to face, a young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern youth? and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype.

In 2004, Jared Cohen embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East in an effort to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence among Muslim youth. The result is Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes much deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

Chosen as one of Kirkus Review?s Best Books of 2007, Cohen?s account begins in Lebanon, where he interviews Hezbollah members at, of all places, a McDonald?s. In Iran, he defies government threats and sneaks into underground parties, where bootleg liquor, Western music, and the Internet are all easy to access. His risky itinerary also takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and other front-line locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.


About Jared Cohen

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After completing this book, Jared Cohen joined the U.S. Department of State. A Stanford graduate, Oxford graduate, and Rhodes scholar, he has conducted extensive research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. He has appeared in the media, including The Colbert Report, CNN, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, ABC, Fox News, and a variety of other TV and radio programs. He works in Washington, D.C.
Published October 25, 2007 by Gotham Books. 308 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Young Adult, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Once he hits his stride, the highlights come thick and fast, with tales of illegal alcohol consumption in Iran, encounters with Hezbollah members in fast-food restaurants, a pulse-racing scenario in a Palestinian refugee camp and a daring entrance, and terrifying exit, from Iraq.

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Rather than globetrotting for pleasure like many post-collegiate backpackers, Cohen charms his way through Middle Eastern countries typically thought of as unfriendly to the West.

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