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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846142741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846142741
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magisterial history of the last decade ... Burke's book provides much sober information and analysis of its fiascos, which are intellectual as well as political and military ... The long patient sentences of The 9/11 Wars are suffused with the melancholy of a man who has learned a great deal from long exposure to atrocity and folly (Pankaj Mishra Guardian )

The best overview of the 9/11 decade so far in print ... More than most authors (and for that matter most politicians) Mr Burke is alert to the complex, multi-dimensional nature of what he dubs the "9/11 wars" (Economist )

For all Burke's ground-level eye, ... this is as much a book of scholarship as reportage, deftly analysing the shortcomings of both the bin Laden and the Bush camps ... Pacy, well-researched, and packed with telling anecdotes, this book's strength is in its detailed, balanced overview ... At a time when there are more books out on terrorism than ever before ... this is likely to be among the best, be the reader an armchair commander in London or a real one in Lashkar Gah (Sunday Telegraph )

Jason Burke ... is one of the most respected and experienced foreign correspondents in the business ... A major authority on the politics and organisation of Islamic extremism and ... a talented writer with the rare gift of joining effortless prose to challenging scholarship. He marshals both talents in this latest book ... It is a magnificent achievement (Irish Times )

A reader wanting a more dispassionate survey of how 9/11, and the response to it, may have shaped parts of the world will do no better than invest in [this] brilliant book ... The work of a journalist who has not only been there and witnessed, but also visited and revisited the places most affected by terror and the war on it ... The must-read on [the 9/11] anniversary (David Aaronovitch The Times )

This remarkably balanced, well-sourced and very well-written book ... will be turned to in the future ... Burke avoids all the classic pitfalls of war correspondents writing history ... [He] has demonstrated impressive expertise as a historian who has had the advantage of having been present on many of the battlefields he describes (Andrew Roberts Evening Standard )

[A] lucid, sane account ... Burke's taut, careful reporting puts back the facts that were clouded out. He talks to the right academics, the right spooks, but also to anyone willing to explain themselves, mullahs or pols or market traders, soldiers as well as generals, even suicide bombers who changed their minds at the last minute ... Remarkable (Scotsman )

A comprehensive summing up of the past decade's violent events ... Throughout, Burke's concern is to insist any accurate rendering must show the murky, convoluted nature of Western nations imposing one good-bad narrative on frequently unrelated local conflicts ... The 9/11 Wars warrants great respect (Metro )

Making sense of the aftermath of 9/11 ... is a monumental task - but Burke is up to the job. The 9/11 Wars is insightful, thorough, and at times fascinating (Daniel Byman Foreign Policy )

About the Author

Jason Burke is the South Asia correspondent for the Guardian. He has reported around the world for both the Guardian and the Observer. He is the author of two other widely praised books, both published by Penguin: Al-Qaeda and On the Road to Kandahar. He lives in New Delhi.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
Firstly, the listing with ISBN 978 1846 14274 1 is a hardback not a paperback as currently listed by Amazon. I have tried to correct the listing but it has not been amended at the time of writing this review.

This is an excellent book. I have read the detailed newspaper accounts and watched the documentaries - and live news - over the past ten years and often found it difficult to understand exactly how events related to each other and who was who and what the real back story was. This is a clear, detailed, and very specific account of 9/11, the world's reaction to it and the consequences of the actions the Americans and the British in particular undertook. Events are precisely described and interpreted - where there is uncertainty this is made clear. The human element is always to the fore - even though there is much also on the politics and the logistics

The notes - all 120 pages of them - are an essential component of the book. The bibliography is also comprehensive and valuable.

My only slight criticism is that it is sometimes a little hard to read - a great wodge of prose thrown at you that you need to work through very slowly and carefully to make sure you have absorbed it. But in many ways it is also the better for that.

Strongly recommended to any with an interest in this subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Jan 2013
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The author explores in depth the West's post 9/11 relationship with the Islamic world (in fact he shows how the monochrome view the West often has of the Islamic world is itself highly suspect - there are many 'Islamic worlds'). In so doing, Jason Burke avoids the lazy assumptions of both Left and Right to show a complex and still evolving picture. No easy answers, but much food for thought.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By F Henwood TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sep 2011
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Jason Burke has written an excellent account not of the War on Terror but of the 9/11 wars, the wars mainly fought in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan but by no means confined to these places, wars which in his reckoning have claimed 250,000 lives over the past decade.

The first part of the book deals with the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the attack on Afghanistan and the swift eviction of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Part 2 covers the invasion of Iraq and the slide of the country into civil war. Part 3 turns to Europe in 2005-06, with bombs exploding in London and Madrid and Muslim youths rioting in French cities. Part 4 deals with the Iraq insurgency, while Part 5 covers Pakistan and Afghanistan (again). Part 6 concludes with a survey of the principal theatres of the 9/11 wars and what the future might hold.

Burke rejects the 'clash of civilisations' interpretation of these wars. But having said that, they were still ideological wars. George Bush Jnr. and Tony Blair defined the issues in Manicheistic terms, every bit as much as their opponents did. The disastrous consequences of this thinking were of course realised in Iraq: Iraqis were glad to see the back of Saddam, but this didn't mean they wanted democracy imposed on them at gunpoint. The occupiers failed to appreciate the depth of wounded pride an occupation would entail.

Refracting complex local situations through the lens of counter-terrorism produced further negative consequences. Burke presents overwhelming and damning evidence that the massive use of torture and incommunicado detention sanctioned by the US and indulged by the UK (of which Guantanamo Bay was merely the tip of the iceberg)simply ended up making new enemies of those who might otherwise been supportive, or at the very least neutral.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Whittey on 7 Mar 2013
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Excellent coverage of the" war on terror" right up to
the present day.Jason Burke takes you from 9/11
on a journey from New York across the middle east
and on to Indonesia,then back to the middle east.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Ghafoor on 9 Dec 2012
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This is a very clear book and I would recommend it.

The book would also have been more enjoyable if amazon paid taxes properly in the UK.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Morgan on 26 Sep 2011
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Burke has produced another thoughtful, erudite and comprehensive masterpiece.

His careful, balanced and illuminating writing provides a masterful history of the 9/11 wars. He is careful to
show where things went went right as well as the dreadful consequences of there things went wrong.

While there may be no revelations or shocks here the entire story is told with attention to detail whilst retaining
a good pace that keeps the pages turning. It's a depressing, inspiring and illuminating read that covers social, economic,
political, martial and religious aspects of this war.... and worryingly offers no real prospect to an end to this mess.

Cannot praise this book this highly enough...
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By Nico on 30 May 2013
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Very detailed and interesting analysis of the 9/11 Wars. Jason Burke is an excellent and informative writer who really gives you the full picture of events in the Middle East. Reading his account it is not at all surprising that the 9/11 Wars haven't panned out quite the way various Western Governments (particularly the US) would have their citizens believe. If I had one criticism of the book it would be that Burke tends to go over a fair bit of the ground he covered in his earlier books. This was probably unavoidable from the authors point of view but a little boring and repetitive for readers who've read his earlier work.
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