The Secret History of Al-Qa'ida
By (author) Abdel-Bari Atwan
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Secret History of Al-Qa'ida by Abdel-Bari Atwan
Book DescriptionOver the last ten years, journalist and al-Qa'ida expert Abdel Bari Atwan has cultivated uniquely well-placed sources and amassed a wealth of information about al-Qa'ida's origins, masterminds and plans for the future. In this book, Atwan reveals how al-Qa'ida's radical departure from the classic terrorist / guerrilla blueprint has enabled it to outpace less adaptable efforts to neutralise it. The fanaticism of its fighters, and their willingness to kill and be killed, are matched by the leadership's opportunistic recruitment strategies and sophisticated understanding of psychology, media and new technology - including the use of the Internet for training, support and communications. Atwan also argues that current events in the Middle East represent watershed moments in the group's evolution that are making it more dangerous by the day, as it refines and appropriates the concept of jihad and makes the suicide bomber a permanent feature of a global holy war.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349120355
(198mm x 127mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Abdel-Bari Atwan
Islamic State, Paperback (October 2015)
Packed full of information, this book offers a unique and indispensable insight into the origins and operations of IS. Atwan, a well-known Arab journalist and expert on extremist groups, had exclusive access to militants close to IS and his findings are based on interviews with jihadists who were in the same cell as Baghdadi.
After Bin Laden, Paperback (September 2012)
As al-Qa'ida enters its third decade, journalist Abdel Bari Atwan investigates how it has survived all attempts to destroy it; evolving, instead, into a global actor with a rapidly expanding portfolio of franchises and a variety of, sometimes unexpected, alliances.
Country of Words, Hardback (September 2008)
An autobiography of newspaper editor Abdel Bari Atwan who recounts his many extraordinary encounters, including tea with Margaret Thatcher, his weekend with Osama bin Laden, intimate meetings with Yasser Arafat, and the row between Colonel Gaddafi and the Shah of Iran that earned him his first journalistic break.
Media on the Front Lines, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by Abdel-Bari Atwan
"Transnational Broadcasting Studies" examines the trends and controversies involving satellite TV in the Arab and Muslim worlds. This issue features articles by political scientists and media experts examining the impact of television news and entertainment on Iraqi society, as well as essays on other media-related topics.
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Author Biography - Abdel-Bari Atwan
Abdel Bari Atwan is Editor-in-Chief of London-based Arabic newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi. Born in Palestine, he has lived in Britain for thirty years and is a familiar face on UK and US television. He first interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1996.
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