The Islamic State, known as ISIS, exploded into the public eye in 2014 with startling speed and shocking brutality. It has captured the imagination of the global jihadist movement, attracting recruits in unprecedented numbers and wreaking bloody destruction with a sadistic glee that has alienated even the hardcore terrorists of its parent organization, al Qaeda. Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, two of America’s leading experts on terrorism, dissect the new model for violent extremism that ISIS has leveraged into an empire of death in Iraq and Syria, and an international network that is rapidly expanding in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world.
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In 1961, 25-year-old Herbert Jay Stern, fresh from reserve duty, stood in his green army uniform in a New York County courtroom to be sworn in as an attorney. He could only guess what his life as a prosecuting lawyer would be. A dozen years later, in the wake of the national scandal of Watergate, Stern, draped in black robes now, would take the oath of office as a federal judge. In the years between, the idealistic young Stern would sharpen his skills in the realities of the criminal courts of New York City, to emerge as the lead trial attorney for the Justice Department, charged with breaking the back of organized crime in New Jersey.
This second installment in AJ Stern’s Frankly, Frannie series is sure to stir up a barrel of belly-laughs. When the career-minded Frannie notices her aunt’s dog limping, she sees it as her big chance to be a vet. So it’s off to the veterinarian’s office, where she can showcase her doggy-diagnostic skills. But in true Frannie form, she soon finds herself struggling to avoid a doggy disaster.
AJ Stern’s beloved Frankly, Frannie series delights young readers with each adventure starring pint-sized career gal Frannie B. Miller. In Funny Business, Frannie is vacationing in Florida with her parents when she’s wonderstruck by the very “official” happenings inside the hotel - including an actual business conference! Armed with her briefcase and resumé, Frannie isn’t about to miss this opportunity to find a job.
Frannie has been named principal for the day and she couldn't be more excited. To spend the whole day in an office - with a desk, a copier, and swivel chair, no less - is beyond her wildest dreams! Pretty soon all these office supplies are making her a little punchy, and before she knows it she's accidentally setting off the fire alarm, which is no small offense. But as principal of her own school, does she get to come up with her own punishment?
Considering her last field trip ended in disaster, Frannie is relieved she’ll be allowed to attend the upcoming excursion to a local radio station. Deciding it’s time to get a job, Frannie brings everything she’ll need—including business cards she made herself and a resume. But when things don’t go as planned, Frannie ends up in trouble once again.
Fan-favorite author A.J. Stern is well known for her popular Frankly, Frannie books starring a young girl who loves offices. In this third hilarious installment, Frannie notices the slow service at the opening night of a local restaurant. Her eyes always open for employment opportunities, Frannie decides to help out. But her plan for landing a permanent job vanishes when she realizes that the restaurant serves snails. Now, Frannie knows it’s up to her to warn the customers.
Two leading experts on violent extremism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State.
Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources and material, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research into open-source intelligence, Stern and Berger outline the origins of ISIS as the formidable terrorist group it has quickly become.