Winner of the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council
on Foreign Relations
From two of the world’s foremost experts on the new
terrorism comes the deﬁnitive book on the rise of al-Qaeda and America’s
efforts to combat the most innovative and dangerous terrorist group ever.
Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon trace the growth of
radical Islam from its medieval origins and, drawing on their years of
counter-terrorism work at the National Security Council, provide essential
insights into the thinking of Usama bin Laden and his followers.
With unique authority, they analyze why America was unable
to defend itself against this revolutionary threat on September 11, 2001, why
bin Laden’s apocalyptic creed is gaining ground in the Islamic world, and what
the United States must do to stop the new terror.
[Paperback copy, 560 pages, Daniel Benjamin and Steven