The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America
Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon began working on this book shortly after leaving the National Security Council, where, as director and senior director for counterterrorism, they watched the rise ofal-Qaeda and helped coordinate America's fight against Osama bin Laden and his organization. They warned in articles and interviews about the appearance of a new breed of terrorists who were determined to kill on the grand scale. More than a year before September 11, 2001, they began writing THE AGE OF SACRED TERROR to sound the alarm for a nation that had not recognized the gravest threat of our time. One of their book's goals has remained: to provide the insights to understand an enemy unlike any seen in living memory. But after September 11th, a second, equally crucial goal was added: to understand how America let its defenses down, how warnings went unheeded and how key parts of the government failed at vital tasks. THE AGE OF SACRED TERROR also describes the road ahead, where the terrorists will look to draw strength, and what the United States must do, at home and abroad, to stop them.