The State of Terror

eBook - 2015
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Stern and Berger are two experts on violent extremism. They explain the evolution and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2015
ISBN: 9780062395566
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Feb 21, 2017

Well annotated look at the origins of ISIS and their conflict with Al Qaeda in their attempt to promote their Salafist views. The book takes a look at their ultra violence as well as their social media promotions. The book was completed near the end of 2014 so it is current to that date. Worth reading if you are interested.

Nov 24, 2015

With the recent atrocities in Paris, I was eager to learn more about this group of barbaric terrorists known as the Islamic State (i.e. ISIL, ISIS). In regards to its origins, the book excels at outlining ISIS's early history as AQI under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and how it later overran al Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq and Syria. Another strong chapter in this book deals with the group's success at creating streaming HD videos that combine tight edits with gruesome violence, appealing to would-be jihadists across the globe. And along with video production is their success at distribution through social media, most notably Twitter. However, this book fell short by never discussing America's role in supporting ISIS in their attempts along with Israel at destabilizing the Assad regime in Syria during 2012-13. But given the resume of these two authors - Harvard and the Brookings Institution - i.e. the gatekeepers for interventionist neoconservative/neoliberal foreign policy, it wasn't any real shocker.

May 26, 2015

A timely book on one of the major threats to global security. Jessica Stern, a lecturer at Harvard, and J.M. Berger, a fellow at the Brookings Institute, detail the rise and spread of the self-declared Islamic State, its ties to and conflicts with other major terrorist organizations (Al-Qaeda, Taliban), and its use of methods both old-fashioned (beheadings) and new (Twitter and social media). For those interested in this group (and every thinking American should be), this is a revealing and relevant look at ISIS, providing context, insight, and ways to combat their extremism. Also see another recent book, "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror" and "Dirty Wars," about the global war on terror.


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