- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: REGAN ARTS - BOOKS (19 Feb. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941393578
- ISBN-13: 978-1941393574
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
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ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror Paperback – 19 Feb 2015
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"The authors of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, published this month in the US, spoke to dozens of fighters and members of the group to understand its allure and how it justifies its brutal tactics." -- The Asian Age
"Weiss and Hassan offer the fuller and more convincing account. They trace the life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian petty criminal who missed the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, but went on to start his own much bloodier one against America in Iraq." --The Economist
"Tribal businesses were disrupted or taken over by those seeking their own monopoly on smuggling, and [ISIS] protected its confiscated interest with a mafia s thuggish zeal. It justified killing on the basis of market competition, write Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan in ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror." -- Middle East Eye
" Weiss and Hassan have produced a detailed and readable book... The authors provide useful insights into Isis governance a combination of divide-and-rule, indoctrination and fear and are well placed for the task." -- The Guardian
"A witches brew of pitiless civil war and a flailing tyrant have given birth to Isis. If you want to understand how this calamity has come about, these concise and informative books provide an essential grounding." - The Independent
"Syrian researcher Hassan Hassan and the European Council on Foreign Relations Senior Policy Fellow Julien Barnes-Dacy discuss the challenges and threats posed by ISIS." - --ECFR Radio
About the Author
Michael Weiss is a columnist for Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast and NOW Lebanon. He is also a fellow at the Institute of Modern Russia where he is the editor-in-chief of The Interpreter, an online translation journal.
Hassan Hassan is an analyst at the Delma Institute, a research centre in Abu Dhabi, and a columnist for The National newspaper. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy and The New York Times.
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Patrick Cockburn's Intro is much better written. The reader gets a decent overview of things. I guess I'm looking for a description of ISIS as part of the overall context in the ME; Islamic Resurgence, Sunni-Shia struggle, extremely complex dynamics that it seems most intel agencies are themselves struggling with. I shall have to go elsewhere for these. Cockburn's for now is the most straightforward and comprehensible... I gave it a 3 star initially. I'm downgrading to 2 because I'm not getting anything from it at all. 2 for their effort.
The many abbreviations are often not explained. Similarly, Arabic words are sometimes used with no translation - clearly a glossary would help. And how the author can consider a conflict spreading over several countries and in many towns without providing a map is beyond me!
The random, inappropriate use of the apostrophe is probably due to the author's country of origin, but to educated eyes, just looks sloppy.
Also I didn't like phrases like "savvy politicking", "ouster", "ship-jump",or "uptick" It is not redeemed by the use of "posh" words seldom found in everyday parlance; when was the last time anyone used the word "epiphenomena"? There are also several spelling mistakes and speaking as one involved in the conflict in 2007, I can spot a couple of factual errors.
There is huge reliance on quoting a multitude of random interviewees, whereas had the author taken a pace backward and produced a considered assessment of these sources, the reader would have been much better informed; It is possible that the author was not capable of this & cheaply attempted to impress the reader with other aspects. In short, the information is there, badly presented; be prepared to be irritated. I am reading "ISIS, the State of Terror by Stern & Berger" which is a far superior book. Buy this instead!
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