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The 9/11 Wars by [Burke, Jason]
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The best overview of the 9/11 decade so far in print (Economist)

A magisterial history of the last decade ... 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)

A comprehensive summing up of the past decade's violent events ... The 9/11 Wars warrants great respect (Metro)

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 (Sunday Telegraph)

[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 ... [The 9/11 Wars] 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 (David Aaronovitch The Times)

This remarkably balanced, well-sourced and very well-written book ... will be turned to in the future ... [Burke] 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 ... taut, careful reporting ... Remarkable (Scotsman)

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)

Potent ... journalism of a high order. Like all good reporters, Burke is something of a scholar, drawing meticulously on interview notes years old, and on extensive background reading. He excels, too, in describing the experiences of ordinary Muslims; such insights make this book essential for understanding the past decade (Sherard Cowper-Coles Sunday Times)

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5128 KB
  • Print Length: 674 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141044594
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HDK4SS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Jason Burke is a New Delhi-based investigative journalist respected for his long record of insightful analysis into the complex 30-year modern history of global Islamic militancy. He has been a regular correspondent for ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Observer’ newspapers and has several previous books to his name including ‘Al Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam’ published in 2004.

‘The 9/11 Wars’ (pub 09/2011) is a tour-de-force of investigative writing on the subject probably unequalled for thoroughness and original insight. In this somewhat intimidating 500-page tome, Burke weaves together recurrent themes from disparate long-running conflicts in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to clear the waters of the mud of common misunderstandings about the Islamic world, its simmering internecine wars and how it sees itself. His primary focus is Iraq, Afghanistan and (especially) Pakistan but he also addresses the issue of Europe’s sizeable 2nd and 3rd generation Moslem communities; how tradition and modernity are reconciled and how acts of terrorism towards fellow citizen-neighbours in their host communities by a radicalised minority come to be tolerated and justified, taking in the Danish newspaper cartoons controversy, the bombings in Madrid and London, the widespread riots in France in 2005 and the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam on 2nd September 2004 by Islamic militant Mohammed Bouyeri (having shot van Gogh eight times at point-blank range, Bouyeri tried to sever his victim’s head with a knife as his body lay in a public street).

Burke is no armchair theorist.
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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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