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The writing reflects Dr Sageman's impressive credentials and understanding of the subject matter. Reflected in his book are his PhD in Sociology, a Doctorate in Psychiatry and decades long involvement in terrorist studies, a spate at the CIA, years in Pakistan and a leading role in operations and support of the Afghan Mujahedin during the Cold War period.
The book itself provides legitimate and empirical understanding to the political and social formations of, and psychological realities behind, each wave of the Global Jihadist movements. Often subverting commonly held beliefs and propaganda right on their illusionistic heads.
Fortunately for the reader, Dr Sageman is able to convey his message in an easy to understand format which doesn't occlude enlightenment to either the novitiate or an existing scholar of the subject matter. In short, this is a book for everyone with an interest in the subject matter. I highly recommend it.
A few useful points, however, the author does not understand Islam or the nature of war, for that matter. The recommended strategy is not practical and is failing daily in Europe. Judging a 1400 year struggle based on the few years is also rather weak. Two stars is a reach.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I thought the book was quite interesting except for chapter 5 which was absurd stupidity. "Social welfare causes terrorism and Europeans are all racists unlike Americans who are tolerant and friendly"... Are you serious?!
Skip that chapter and you'll love this book.
As for the narrator, I don't like him personally, but that's just me.