Terrorists in Love True Life Stories of Islamic Radicals

ISBN-10: 1451672586

ISBN-13: 9781451672589

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Description: Now in paperback, “Revealing, often touching interviews with six young Islamic men whose stories cast a revealing light on an exotic, unfamiliar culture.…Few readers will deny that the stories illuminate the frustrations of young Islamic men living in repressive societies, alternatively fascinated and horrified by America” (Kirkus Reviews).A former federal prosecutor and Congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent six years interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, Terrorists in Love offers a rare look into the realm of violent extremism through profiles of six of these men—from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia—revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism.     Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structures—the story that emerges here is breathtakingly unexpected. Terrorists in Love introduces us to men like Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal Seer, who in a startling turn, leaves the Taliban after meeting with the author. Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, revealing the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new exploration of what drives them to violence, and why there is yet an unexpected hope for peace.

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Book details

List price: $20.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 6/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Kenneth Ballen is President and founder of Terror Free Tomorrow, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, which investigates the causes of extremism. Ballen has regularly contributed to CNN, and his articles have been published in The Washington Post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. Learn more at KenBallen.com.

Foreword
Introduction
Soldiers of Jihad
Ahmad's Trip to Heaven and Back
Abby and Maryam: A Jihadi Romeo and Juliet
Malik, Mullah Omar's Seer
The Jihadi Trainer and "Captain of Terror"
The Confessions of Zeddy
Leaders of the New Jihad
The Secret Shaheed
Kamal: Heir to the Jihadi Throne and Fortune
Afterword
A Note on Sources and Methods
Acknowledgments
Index
Reading Group Guide
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