Throughout the 1990s a vast conflict was brewing The storm broke on September 11th 2001 Since then much of the world has seen invasions, bombings, battles and riots Hundreds of thousands of people have died.Jason Burke, a first hand witness of many of the conflict s key moments, has written the definitive account of its course At once investigation, reportage and conteThroughout the 1990s a vast conflict was brewing The storm broke on September 11th 2001 Since then much of the world has seen invasions, bombings, battles and riots Hundreds of thousands of people have died.Jason Burke, a first hand witness of many of the conflict s key moments, has written the definitive account of its course At once investigation, reportage and contemporary history, it is based on hundreds of interviews with participants including desperate refugees and senior intelligence officials, ministers and foot soldiers, active militants and their victims Burke reveals the true nature of contemporary Islamic militancy and the inside story of the fight against it He cuts through the myth and propaganda of all sides to reveal the reality behind well known and lesser known episodes, and brings characters, voices and a sense of place to a gripping narrative.The 9 11 Wars is an essential book for understanding the dangerous and unstable twenty first century Whether reporting on the riots in France or the killing of Bin Laden, suicide bombers in Iraq or British troops fighting in Helmand, Jason Burke tells the story of a world that changed forever when the hijacked planes flew out of the brilliant blue sky above Manhattan on September 11th 2001.
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Although Burke is a Middle East correspondent for the notoriously lefty Guardian, this book is all realpolitic, the war on terror shorn of all ideological lens Most other books on the 9 11 Wars his neologism Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo, etc suffer from being either overly ideological or too mired in the first person of their author Burke avoids all this, in fact, when he must refer to himself, he does so in the third person, the author Relatedly, the refreshing thing about this book is, unlike so m [...]
The last ten years of world affairs and public life sit in marked contrast to the 1990s The world after the collapse of communism and before 9 11 now looks like a sort of Edwardian calm before the storm With the exception of a very nasty war in the former Yugoslavia, to which most of us turned a blind eye, the pressing issues of the day seemed to revolve around what the US president did or didn t do with an intern in the Oval office It could be just the product of a misplaced nostalgia which oft [...]
In one word wow Jason Burke s book is an amazing compilation of facts that led up to and integrated into the War on Terror Being a former journalist, Jason is able to go places where the regular author isn t and his volumes of facts and personalities is just mind blowing I picked this book up at the airport as research for a fictional novel that I am working on and found myself highlighting sections of information that I had heard in rumors and newspaper stories He has brought a great deal of de [...]
an absolute page tunner packed with ground details, stories and macro brisk perspectives marked for further reading.
Burke has been everywhere and spoken to everyone I switched from hardcover to kindle just to make turning to the footnotes easier , and has written a remarkable first draft of the history of modern times He gives perfunctory treatment to the military campaigns the Iraq invasion is dealt with in a page The book instead delineates the national, sectarian and tribal fault lines that were so violently exposed in the wake of 9 11, and the tragedy of the West s profound inability to parse them.I disag [...]
Burke picks up where he left off in Al Qaeda, taking us on a chronological tour of the major arenas of radical Islam Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq Burke speaks to hundreds of people from all sides involved in the conflict and this gives the work credibility and authority He is balanced and objective at all times shows how instead of a single monolithic bloc Radical Islam is a diverse phenomenon influenced locally by cultural and socio economic factors The book also cover the impact of radical I [...]
Given the sprawling subject matter that Burke attempts to cover herein, the book is necessarily an overview than a truly in depth account of any particular aspect of the various fronts Afghanistan, Iraq, Bali, Chechnya, Palestine, Mumbai, the slums of western Europe at which radical Islam and the rest of the world have clashed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 Nonetheless, it s a consistently engaging, often insightful volume that manages to pack a lot of history into a manageable narrati [...]
Jason Burke gives a real insight to world political mismanagement of complicated local issues Our leaders have learnt nothing from history and keep making the same mistakes as their predecessors.Radicalisation of Islam is often the root cause of current conflicts and only by reviewing the teachings of the Koran by worldly, conservative clerics at grass roots level will help alleviate the situation.
Fascinating overview of a set of incredibly complex and diffuse conflicts that originate or escalate from the 9 11 attacks The range of interviewees is excellent, people at every level give their perspectives on the fighting Burke s qualified optimism at the close of this book looks a little dated with the chaos in Iraq Syria and the rise of IS, but anyone interested in the roots of the various regional and global crises currently so prominent in the news should give this a read.
Could just as easily be entitled Conflict is Complex it highlights how the aphorism that all politics is local applied to the major areas of conflict in the series of wars stretching from 9 11 to the present I learned a bit about all of the theaters, but especially about Pakistan No easy resolutions on the horizons, though.
This is the essential guide to the 10 years following 9 11.What it shows up in many ways is the western governments complete lack of understanding of the peoples and cultures they were dealing with.Western style government and free markets are not a solution to everything.
Explained everything that needs to be said.
A definitive account of our last decade
Good book for ppl looking for in depth analysis on the topic such its not a breezy read or full of suspense but detailed, verbose and at a slow pace Its a piece of amazing research
It got good reviews in the Economist.
A quick read, but thematically unerwhelming when compared to similar stuff like Accidental Guerilla