Who Killed Daniel Pearl? Hardcover – 26 Sep 2003
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A fast-paced narrative... Levy paints a frightening picture of Pakistans Islamist Underworld -- The Sunday Telegraph
A page-turner that is in some ways more terrifying than any thriller... Moving and compelling, his argument is frighteningly persuasive -- The Observer
A startling and disconcerting story of official complicity in Pearl's slaughter -- Time Out
Gripping reading... The style that Levy has adopted is part-fiction, part journalism, part police-work, part-thriller. -- The Guardian
This is a compelling tale. [Levy] boldly mixes genres in this fascinating book... An intriguing experiment on an important theme -- The Independent
About the Author
A journalist by profession, Benita Sen has been a prolific writer for children. Her stories have appeared in Women's Era, Chatterbox, Target, Amrita Bazar Patrika and Reader's Bulletin, amongst others. Paro Anand encouraged Sen to write more stories for children. Sen presently lives in Delhi. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a not just a tribute to the heroic Daniel Pearl, but rather a far more deeper look at the realm of international terrorism, its tentacles spreading to the highest office in some countries. This book is more a message to the Western society to take a look at what goes on in the terrorist homeground, how they operate, what makes them tick, what makes them so dangerous, and perhaps is also a call to the civilised world to realise the danger that these rogue states represent.
A great book that one cannot put down, I would call it a great thriller or a great crime book, but that would be a disgrace to the author and his subject......... as both unfortunately and tragically, the events in this book are true and makes one reflect on the barbarism that exists in our so called 'civilised' world. It reflects the new voilent Islam that some states have chosen to propagate and the book delves into how this voilent motivation and physcology is inflamed by some states, it depicts the real life dangers, the realistic dirty-bomb nuclear threat, the fact that these organisations are thriving on finances and support from goverments, from the highest offices in a country, and the tragic fact that a young, inspired journalist gave his life for, in the most violent way, in pursuit of making this nexus (the jihad, the supposedly holy battle, the rogue states, the international network spreading from North Korea to Pakistan to Dubai to US, the involvement of the security agencies, the army, the president's office, the schools in London & Karachi, the mosques in US and Peshawar, the prisons in India) public to the free world.
Daniel Pearl gave his life to true, honest, brave journalism and Bernard-Henri Levy has paid the ultimate tribute to Daniel by writing this book.
Here Levy tells several stories in a compelling manner. First, we have the story of Omar Sheikh and his journey from London student to fundamental isalmist. We also learn about the connections of the fundamentalist islamist world with Pakistani politics and the the merging and shady world of Al Quidah. Finally we have the giste of the story that Pearl was well of the trail of,
This is an important book for out times which helps us understand the world of fundamental islam and the path that young people take on their way to becoming players in the world of international terrorism.
Yet this book is not simply about the death of the US reporter in 2001. It's an inside story of Pakistani society - the breeding grounds of Muslim fundamentalism - in the early years of this century.
Pearl's death in 2001 is what drew Levy to the region; lured to a meeting, abducted and then hidden in the Karachi suburbs, ten days later the New York Times reporter was dead, beheaded on camera, his neck severed - in slow-moving close up - by a curved knife.
While Pearl's story is dramatic in itself, Levy's investigation uncovers a much bigger tale.
Throughout we are haunted by Pakistan's state within a state, the "security service" - the ISI. Its leaders - and ex leaders - continually pop up: they're the ones jihadis call after been arrested in India, for example, or negotiating on behalf of those same jihadis whose acolytes hijack a Nepal to Kashmir flight. They're even the ones advocating for Bin Laden's appropriation of nuclear weapons.
Surrounding this sorry bunch is a vivid supporting cast whose penchant for evil sometimes comes across as of almost biblical proportions: Abdul Qudeer Khan, who invented Pakistan's nuclear program (and later sold the technology to Libya and North Korea). Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Bin Laden's third in command, the alleged brains behind 911 and who some commentators attribute Pearl's death (his confession under torture makes this suspect).Read more ›
This book is truly terrifying in both what it depicts and what it suggests about the idiocy of the current 'War on Terror'. You follow Levy into what appears to be the true heart of global terror at this point in time - Pakistan.
The evidence he cites has been reported across a host of reputable papers - to name a few: The Times, Time, Newsweek, WSJ, International Herald Tribune, NY Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, LA Times, Le Monde and Republica - yet never collated in one source. This is the evidence that suggests that the Pakistani state has systematically colluded with Islamist terror groups to not just create the Taliban and Al Queda, but also to plan attacks of mass destruction of which 9/11 was just the prelude. When a nuclear blast occurs in a 'infidel' city, this book suggests the ulitmate source will not be some hidden weapons dump in Iraq but the product of the active collusion of elements of the Pakistani military and inteliigence.
Levy is brave and he is honest - even where he places himself in the shoes of Daniel Pearl or his chief murderer, he admits that this is hypothesis. Yet as he acknowledges throughtout, this is an investigation and you place yourself in the mind of the protagonists.
Read this book and judge for yourself where the true 'axis of evil' lies and just how much of a 'friend' Pakistan is to those states threatened by the new facism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a detailed investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2008 by BePo
I read the book in French and what struck me in BHL's book is how he mixes facts with and fiction. Read more