It Is About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate

b00wrbqodc-01-lBook #5: It Is About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate, Glenn Beck:

Since 9/11/01, we have become increasingly aware about terrorism and the threat of terrorism.  And much debate has happened over what motivates groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram and ISIS.  In this book, Glenn Beck outlines the argument that terrorist groups are motivated by an apocalyptic agenda that is deeply rooted in Islamic theology.  He shows how radical islamic terrorist have been trying to infiltrate and degrade the culture of the west and return the world to 7th century islamic caliphate.  This book is a chilling read as you see how terrorists have infiltrated our country and see their future goals.

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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS

b00nljkmog-01-lBook #24: The Great War of our Times, Michael Morrell

In the past decade, one of the biggest threats that we have faced as a nation is terrorism as perpetrated by Al Qa’ida and now ISIS.  During this fight, the CIA has played an important part both in gathering of intelligence but also in commitment of human resources to the fight.  In this book, Michael Morrell describes his career at CIA from his time as daily briefer of President George W. Bush to his retirement as deputy director of CIA.  He discusses the CIA perspective of events such as 9/11, Bengazhi, Snowden and other world events.  He provides an interesting history of Al Qa’ida and issues a warning about threat posed by ISIS.  This is an interesting book for anyone interested in current events and foreign policy as it pertains to the United State’s interests in the middle east.

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The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

b000jmkntw-01-lBook #23: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Lawrence Wright

In the wake of 9/11 radical, fundamental Islam has been in the forefront of the American consciousness.  But the people and ideas that formed Al-Qaeda found their roots decades earlier.  In this book Lawrence Wright outlines the history of radical fundamental Islam and their attempt to establish an islamic theocracy.  It is a fascinating trek through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Sudan and ultimately to the foot of the World Trade Center.  As Americans, if we want to understand contemporary movements like ISIS we need to understand the history of the threat.

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