The Siege of Mecca
The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine
By (author) Yaroslav Trofimov
Format: Paperback / softback
Siege of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov
Book DescriptionIn "The Siege of Mecca," acclaimed journalist Yaroslav Trofimov pulls back the curtain on a thrilling, pivotal, and overlooked episode of modern history, examining its repercussions on the Middle East and the world.On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. That same morning, gunmen stunned the world by seizing the Grand Mosque in Mecca, creating a siege that trapped 100,000 people and lasted two weeks, inflaming Muslim rage against the United States and causing hundreds of deaths. But in the days before CNN and Al Jazeera, the press barely took notice. Trofimov interviews for the first time scores of direct participants in the siege, and draws upon hundreds of newly declassified documents. With the pacing, detail, and suspense of a real-life thriller, "The Siege of Mecca" reveals the long-lasting aftereffects of the uprising and its influence on the world today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780307277732
(202mm x 134mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Yaroslav Trofimov
Siege of Mecca, Paperback (August 2008)
20 November, 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. This work takes us through one of the momentous events in history, interviewing many participants in the siege and reveals the truth about the first operation of modern global jihad.
Faith at War, Paperback (July 2006)» View all books by Yaroslav Trofimov
A ground-level picture of the Islamic world as it is being changed by America's war on terror is painted in an examination of the pitfalls of trying to revamp a misunderstood civilization that often sees the worst in America's intentions. Reprint.
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Author Biography - Yaroslav Trofimov
Yaroslav Trofimov, an award-winning foreign correspondent for the "Wall Street Journal," has extensively reported from Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. He is also the author of "Faith atWar: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu."www.siegeofmecca.com
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