Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East

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Penguin, Oct 25, 2007 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Defying foreign government orders and interviewing terrorists face to face, a young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern youth? and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype.

In 2004, Jared Cohen embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East in an effort to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence among Muslim youth. The result is Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes much deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

Chosen as one of Kirkus Review?s Best Books of 2007, Cohen?s account begins in Lebanon, where he interviews Hezbollah members at, of all places, a McDonald?s. In Iran, he defies government threats and sneaks into underground parties, where bootleg liquor, Western music, and the Internet are all easy to access. His risky itinerary also takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and other front-line locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.
 

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Review: Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

I love that he gave these kids a voice. It is so easy to think of all of them as terrorists. It is much harder to remember that they are human and want happiness like all the rest of us. It is a good ... Read full review

Review: Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East

User Review  - Colleen - Goodreads

I only gave it one star because it seemed to connect with the teens in class. Other than that it was like "The Diary of an Ugly American in the Middle East". Cohen doesn't seem to understand that he doesn't carry the American constitution in his pocket and breaks laws haphazardly. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
AUTHORS NOTE
Copyright

CHAPTER 8

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About the author (2007)

Jared Cohen is director of Google Ideas and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Rhodes Scholar and the author of several books, including Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence. He is a member of the Director's Advisory Board at the National Counterterrorism Center.

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