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.
"Hope the current administration is reading this"
For five years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She traveled extensively (to refugee camps in Lebanon, religious schools in Pakistan, prisons in Amman, Ashqelon, and Pensacola) and discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.
"disappointing treatment of a serious topic"
U.S. President Barack Obama came into office determined to end a seemingly endless war on terrorism.
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.