The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2003 - Political Science - 536 pages
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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.

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Review: The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America

User Review  - David Carroll - Goodreads

Great historical, cited, context of why the Jihadist movement is what it is. Shows the roles of mullahs, politicos, and warriors and why this is really about haves and have nots and always will be..... Read full review

Review: The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America

User Review  - Greg - Goodreads

This book is now dated. So much has happened: the invasion of Iraq, the killing of Bin Laden, etc. I can't give it a stellar review because some aspects are very good and others are amateur. The ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

STEVEN SIMON, assistant director and senior fellow for U.S. Security Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, served on the National Security Council staff as director for global issues from 1994 to 1998 and senior director for counterterrorism from 1998 to 1999. Prior to entering the administration, he held several positions at the U.S. Department of State dealing with regional security and nonproliferation. He holds degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton and was an international-affairs fellow at Oxford University.

DANIEL BENJAMIN, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served as director for counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff from 1998 to 1999 and as special assistant and foreign-policy speechwriter for President Clinton from 1994 to 1997. Prior to entering the administration, he was Berlin bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and has been a foreign correspondent for Time. He holds degrees from Harvard and Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

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