Written with candor and featuring dozens of eye-opening anecdotes, 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 frontline locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads: Bedouin shepherds with satellite dishes to provide Western TV shows, young women wearing garish makeup despite religious mandates, teenagers sending secret text messages and arranging illicit trysts. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.
©2007 Jared Cohen; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"This young gutsy writer knows that the East-West struggle is being fought over the café tables of the Near and Middle East." (Chris Matthews)
I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook and learned a tremendous amount about the Middle East, a topic that has always baffled me. Cohen makes it come alive by recounting his own experiences in the countries and his friendships and conversations with the youth. There are many surprises in this book -- and cause for great hope. The youth of the mid East are fascinated by America, and tuned in via internet and satellite TV. Cohen made me feel as if I were there, making friends along with him.
I recently saw that Cohen is now working in the U.S. government. I think he is uniquely equipped to further peace efforts in this region of the world.
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