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.
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 Osama Bin
Laden and his followers.
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.
copy, 560 pages, Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon]