Perfect Soldiers The 9/11 Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The attacks of September 11, 2001, were a calamity on a scale few had imagined possible. In their aftermath, we exaggerated the men who perpetrated the attacks, shaping hasty and often mistaken reporting into caricatures we could comprehend -- monsters and master criminals equal to the enormity of their crime. In reality, the 9/11 hijackers were unexceptional men, not much different from countless others. It is this ordinary enemy, not the caricature, that we must understand if we are to have a legitimate hope of defeating terrorism. Using research undertaken in twenty countries on four continents, Los Angeles Times correspondent Terry McDermott provides gripping, authoritative portraits of the main players in the 9/11 plot. With brilliant reporting and thoughtful analysis, McDermott brings us a clearer, more nuanced, and in some ways more frightening, understanding of the landmark event of our time.

Josh Meyer is the chief terrorism reporter for theLos Angeles Timesand has reported on international terrorism for more than a decade�. His "Inside Al Qaeda" series was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he has twice been part of teams that have won the Pulitzer Prize for their security reporting. Meyer is also a screenwriter and television producer, who co-created (with Michael Connelly), wrote, and produced the network TV crime dramaLevel 9. He currently is on the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism, where he is director of education and outreach for the school's groundbreaking National Security Journalism Initiative based in Washington, D.C. Terry McDermott is the author ofPerfect Soldiers(HarperCollins, 2005), and101 Theory Drive(Pantheon, 2010). His work has appeared inThe New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Columbia Journalism Review, theLos Angeles Times MagazineandPacific Magazine. McDermott worked at eight newspapers for more than thirty years, most recently for ten years at theLos Angeles Times, where he was a national correspondent.

Key Figures
Preface
Prologue: Welcome
Soldiers
A House of Learning
Alone, Abroad
Friends
Pilgrims
The Smell of Paradise Rising
The Engineer
The Rebirth of Jihad
Those Without
World War
War, After War
The Plot
The New Recruits
Preparations
The Last Year
That Day
Mohamed el-Amir's Last Will and Testament
The Last Night
Bin Laden's 1996 Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places (abridged)
Bin Laden's 1998 Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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