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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; (Reissue) edition (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007234694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007234691
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...the reporting is impressive and hugely entertaining.' -- The Spectator

'the straightest account [of] our dimwitted and wildly ill-considered attempt over the past...to engage with and exploit radical Islam.' -- The Sunday Times

About the Author

Daniel McGrory and Sean O'Neill are senior news journalists with The Times.

McGrory has reported on the rise of Islamist terrorism for a decade. He is an award-winning journalist and was one of the first British reporters to identify the threat posed by radical clerics granted political asylum in Britain.

O'Neill joined The Times from the Daily Telegraph, where he focussed on al-Qaeda after years reporting on the IRA. He was the first reporter to document how al-Qaeda used London as a base and has covered all the major terrorist trials in the UK since 2001.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By discipleofhanuman on 25 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a superbly written book by two Times newspaper journalists who have clearly researched their chosen topic.

The story tells of Abu Hamza's arrival to Britain as a young Egyptian fascinated (and fully indulgent in) by the hedonistic lifestyle of the West, and his journey to becoming like a mafia don in his ruling of the Finsbury Park mosque using violence and crime to fund his 'jihad'.

The book discusses how the media lapped up Hamza as a 'baddie' without realising just how instrumental this man was in organising terrorism and brainwashing young men to fight in Kashmir, Chechnya, and Algeria.

The story also reveals lapses of part of Britain's security services, and also leads to worries as to many other Muslim clerics are raising money and helping to facilitate terror abroad and in this country.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Maciag on 18 Jan. 2007
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This book is a wonderful although depressing antidote to those that wish to believe that the UK Government knows what it is doing in the fight against Global Jihad.

In essence, this is the story so far, of Abu Hamza (of the hooked hands) and his establishment of a terrorist base right in the middle of north London at the Finsbury Park Mosque. It tells how he got into the UK through deception and how he used British rights and the welfare state to facilitate and fund his enterprise. The book demonstrates how the British authorities knew what Hamza was doing but were hamstrung by a learnt `respect' for Islam and a belief that Hamza was just another crazy foreigner (like Marx) who had no plans for disruptive activities in the UK. They had no concept of the notion of local action as part of global Jihad. Indeed, it was only well after the attacks of 9/11 that the Americans, frustrated with the UK Government inactivity, requested that Hamza be extradited to stand trial in the US. Astonishingly it was in Hamzas defence that the UK authorities began their own prosecution as a means of preventing his trial in the US!

Naturally, Scotland Yard made sure it used only shoeless Moslem police officers to raid the Finsbury Park Mosque.

The joy of this book is less in the overall story, which is quite well known, than in the detailed depiction of the UK authorities utter incompetence in dealing with the obvious threat. It is a very good read and it is very well and clearly written. Is it great literature? I'm not sure, but it certainly is great journalism.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S Foster on 27 Aug. 2006
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I would recommend this book for any one with an interest in the politics of terrorism and jihad.

It made fascinating reading and gives much information on the background of Abu Hamza and his breed of fanatical radicalism.
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some interesting pages in this book, but it does ramble on with a lot of useless information, some of it you will find interesting other parts you will just skip over the pages
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 31 Mar. 2008
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Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Such is the easy style of the book and the capture of its content, it is a page turner like any ranked fiction novel. At best the British intelligence services could be excused for thinking this ranting cleric was a deluded, mostly harmless agitator. At worst, cynics would believe they looked the other way and gave sanctuary to a host of Islamists, foreign and domestic, in the mistaken belief they would never bite the hand that fed them. Following 7/7 it is undoubtedly with no satisfaction that the multitude of overseas intelligence bureaux who were better informed and better resourced would be wondering why their concerns had fallen on deaf ears for so long. Perhaps the most interesting and regrettable subject matter is the anxieties expressed by the Muslim community themselves and the intimidation they too received from Abu Hamza and his acolytes. Having read the book I would not dimish the threat that is posed, however it is apparent that this Islamic contingent is in no way representative of the Muslim community.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. P. Cooper on 15 Aug. 2006
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Excellent read, informative and interesting, a book you can pick up and put down - really good food for thought.. contains some scary information that will really make you think about the way the British Government has turned a blind eye to things going on under their nose.
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