The Master Plan

  • by Brian Fishman
  • Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne
  • 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Given how quickly its operations have achieved global impact, it may seem that the Islamic State materialized suddenly. In fact, al-Qaeda's operations chief, Sayf al-Adl, devised a seven-stage plan for jihadis to conquer the world by 2020 that included reestablishing the Caliphate in Syria between 2013 and 2016. Despite a massive schism between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, al-Adl's plan has proved remarkably prescient. In summer 2014, ISIS declared itself the Caliphate after capturing Mosul, Iraq - part of stage five in al-Adl's plan. Drawing on large troves of recently declassified documents captured from the Islamic State and its predecessors, counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman tells the story of this organization's complex and largely hidden past - and what the master plan suggests about its future. Only by understanding the Islamic State's full history - and the strategy that drove it - can we understand the contradictions that may ultimately tear it apart.


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hard work

maybe I have been spoilt by listening to "the looming tower" first, which was excellent. the narrative and delivery were much more accessible. the master plan uses a lot of complex acronyms and names repeatedly which becomes slightly wearing after a while.

in fairness I might come back to it after managing half of the book before skipping to something else.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-11-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.