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Anatomy of Terror

From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State
Narrated by: Aaron Abano
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A compelling, definitive account of how and why bin Laden's ideology keeps rising from the dead.

In early 2011, the heart of the Muslim world roiled in protest, consumed with the upheaval of the Arab Spring. The governments of Tunisia and Egypt had already fallen; those of Libya and Yemen would soon follow. Watching the chaos from his hideout in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden saw a historic opportunity: "The next stage," he declared, "will be the reinstating of the rule of the caliphate."

Within weeks, bin Laden was dead, shot in the dark by a US Navy SEAL. Commentators around the world began to prophesy al-Qaeda's imminent demise. But six years later, the reality is the reverse. The group's affiliates have swollen, and the Islamic State - al-Qaeda's most brutal spinoff to date - proclaims itself the reborn caliphate bin Laden foretold in his final weeks.

In Anatomy of Terror, former FBI special agent and New York Times best-selling author Ali Soufan dissects bin Laden's brand of jihadi terrorism and its major offshoots, revealing how these organizations were formed, how they operate, their strengths, and - crucially - their weaknesses. This riveting account examines the new Islamic radicalism through the eyes of its flag-bearers, including a Jordanian former drug dealer whose cruelties shocked even his fellow militants, an Air Force colonel who once served Saddam Hussein, and a provincial bookworm who declared himself caliph of all Muslims. We meet Ayman al-Zawahiri, titular head of al-Qaeda; Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian ex-soldier who faked his own death to become the group's security chief; and bin Laden's own beloved son Hamza, a prime candidate to lead the organization his late father founded.

To eliminate the scourge of terrorism, we must first know who the enemy actually is, and what his motivations are. Anatomy of Terror lays bare the psychology and inner workings of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their spawn, and shows how the spread of terror can be stopped.

©2017 Ali Soufan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Been there, seen the elephant

Where does Anatomy of Terror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best of the audio books I've listed to on Audible so far.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ali Soufan? Why or why not?

I am looking forward to listening to the same author's The Black Banners next. This is a man who hasn't just chased or researched the bad guys, but talked to them. Dozens of them, at least. His insights are totally invaluable; now we just need to get Washington to listen to him.

What about Aaron Abano’s performance did you like?

I actually thought Mr. Abano's performance was a bit academic and flat of affect. I have seen Ali Soufan interviewed and Mr. Abano sounds nothing like him. To his credit, his Arabic pronunciation sounds perfect to my (admittedly inexpert) ear.

If you could give Anatomy of Terror a new subtitle, what would it be?

Understanding the Mind of Salafi Jihad

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What every human on the planet needs to know!

I knew terrorism was a problem, but I had no idea how nutty crazy it really was until I listened to this audio book. This should be required reading in high school.

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A great listen a lot of information

this book is great for understanding the links history of terrorist groups in the middle east. The last part of the book would hope our government would listen too and see as a better way forward.

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Interesting

It's long winded at times but it sure is a good book and very interesting

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a deep dive into the leaders of terrorism

a detailed inspection of the roots of terrorism an important read to understand the evil that is Terrorism around the world know thy enemy

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What an incredible work! Top shelf .

The book read like a novel , but was a crash course in terrorism today.

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a deap dive in to the minds of terror

loved it it took me a day to get through narrator is a bit dry at times

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Good book; good reader; bad accent

The book is good, but not great. Good to go over details of Al-Queda and IS operations though not much that was a surprise. The reader butchered the Arabic words so badly that it was painful to listen (I would listen to another book read by him, but only if it had no foreign words!)

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excellent book that fills in gaps.

I listened to it during a long drive. It is interesting enough to keep you engaged the whole time. I would have liked more conclusions and steps forward.

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Fresh take on the global jihad

I have read/listened a dozen books on AQ/IS and the global jihad movement. Ali offers a fresh take on the cultural, political, and religious factors that drive this movement and adding new players that haven't been identified before and the significance of their roles in the organization. I specifically liked learning about the role of Iran and its influence in that region of the world.