A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

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Mariner Books, 2011 - History - 318 pages
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In the wake of the news that the 9/11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson wondered how such a radical group could sink roots into Western soil. Most accounts reached back twenty years, to U.S. support of Islamist fighters in Afghanistan. But Johnson dug deeper, to the start of the Cold War, uncovering the untold story of a group of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany during World War II. There, they had been fashioned into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda machine. As that war ended and the Cold War began, West German and U.S. intelligence agents vied for control of this influential group, and at the center of the covert tug of war was a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam's first beachhead in the West.

Culled from an array of sources, including newly declassified documents, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the stories of several key players: a Nazi scholar turned postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders across the globe, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA men eager to fight communism with a new weapon, Islam. A rare ground-level look at Cold War spying and a revelatory account of the West's first, disastrous encounter with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as captivating as it is crucial to our understanding the mistakes we are still making in our relationship with Islamists today

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Review: A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

User Review  - Tommy G - Goodreads

The author has done is research and I feel bad only giving this book three stars. Unfortunately there is just way too many names of people and organizations that don't amount to much (in the story). Interesting none the less and worth reading. Read full review

Review: A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

User Review  - Aaron Shields - Goodreads

Title is great, book is not. Too many names, boring story. Great research, but my attention was gone at page 150. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Pulitzer Prize-winningá New York Times reporter Ian Johnson is also the author of Wild Grass: Three Portraits of Change in Modern China.á

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