Terror in the Name of God by Jessica Stern
Why Religious Militants Kill

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For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Traveling extensively—to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon, and Pensacola—she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.

Based on her vast research, Stern lucidly explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who—using religion as both motivation and justification—recruit the disenfranchised. She depicts how moral fervor is transformed into sophisticated organizations that strive for money, power, and attention.

Jessica Stern's extensive interaction with the faces behind the terror provide unprecedented insight into acts of inexplicable horror, and enable her to suggest how terrorism can most effectively be countered.

A crucial book on terrorism, Terror in the Name of God is a brilliant and thought-provoking work.

 

About Jessica Stern

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Jessica Stern lectures on terrorism and is a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. She holds a doctorate in public policy from Harvard. She served as a staff member at the National Security Council during the Clinton admin-istration. A 2009-2010 Guggenheim Fellow, she was selected by "Time" in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas "will change the world." Stern is the author of the "New York Times" Notable Book "Terror in the Name of God" and "The Ultimate Terrorists". She lives with her husband and son in Massachusetts.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Coupled with additional research, Stern's firsthand encounters bring a valuable and much-needed perspective to the problem of religious violence, and she identifies several increasingly broad threats, including the extent to which many governments will tolerate or even sponsor militant religious ...

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The book is worth the price just for Stern's interviews with terrorist leaders, but in addition to that it serves as a very solid reminder that we are fighting people, not some entity that exists in the wild unknown, but human beings who have the same concerns as the average American citizen aka ...

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