Summary: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon were spearheading America's counterterrorism efforts when a new breed of religiously motivated radicals first appeared on the world stage, more technically savvy, audacious, and violent than any seen before. Simon and Benjamin were the White House officials in the eye of the storm, helping coordinate the U.S. government's intelligence, military, and diplomatic actions. Just weeks after leaving the National Security Council, they predi ...show morected on The New York Times op-ed page in January 2000 that al-Qaeda would seek to carry out massive terrorist attacks against the U.S. No one knows the thinking of the new terrorists better, their hatred of the West, their sense of divine mission, or the goals behind their bloodshed.
As only such insiders can, Simon and Benjamin recount the major conspiracies of the last decade, successes such as the East Africa embassy bombings and near misses such as Ramzi Yousef's effort to destroy a fleet of American 747 jets while in flight over the Pacific. The book presents the authoritative history of the radical Islamic movement that led to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. It explains why the terrorists succeeded on September 11 in carrying out the most extraordinary terrorist attack in history, why the American public was caught shockingly unprepared, and why the U.S. government's decade-long effort to stop these terrorists fell tragically short. The Age of Sacred Terror explains why al-Qaeda and radical Islam will remain America's most dangerous threat, and presents concrete recommendations about what America must do to prevail against opponents who will use nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons as soon as they can get them. ...show less
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