Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon began working on this book shortly
after leaving the National Security Council, where, as director and
senior director for counterterrorism, they watched the rise of
al-Qaeda and helped coordinate America's fight against Usama bin
Laden and his organization. They warned in articles and interviews
about the appearance of a new breed of terrorists who were
determined to kill on the grand scale. More than a year before
September 11, 2001, they began writing "The Age of Sacred Terror"
to sound the alarm for a nation that had not recognized the gravest
threat of our time. One of their book's original goals has
remained: to provide the insights to understand an enemy unlike any
seen in living memory -- one with an extraordinary ability to
detect weakness and exploit it, one with a determination to inflict
catastrophic damage, one that will not be deterred. But after
September 11, a second, equally crucial goal was added: to
understand how America let its defenses down, how warnings went
unheeded, and how key parts of the government failed at vital
tasks. "The Age of Sacred Terror" also describes the road ahead,
where the terrorists will look to draw strength, and what the
United States must do, at home and abroad, to stop them. For a year
after the attacks that redefined terrorism and devastated the
public's sense of security, America has been searching for answers
about those responsible for one of the darkest days in our history
and explanations for the glaring gaps in our defenses. "The Age of
Sacred Terror" provides both, with unique authority. It is the book
that Americans must read to understand the foremost challenge we
face. "A lucid, passionate, shocking account of Islamist terrorism.
Anyone interested in how the enemies of the West operate will want
to read this book. And even those who are not, should." IAN BURUMA
""The Age of Scared Terror" provides a staggering account of the
origins of al-Qaeda, its motives and its bloody history since the
early 1990s. After reading this book no one should be in any doubt
that a new and unprecedented form of terrorism dedicated to the
mass destruction of human life now exists. The book is also the
chilling story of how slow and reluctant the West has been to
recognize and counter an enemy whose intentions are more deadly
than any it has ever faced before. The events of September 11,
2001, changed the world: Ours has truly become the age of sacred
terror. This book explains in great and compelling detail how those
events were possible, how they might perhaps have been avoided, and
how they could occur again. Everyone should read it -- and be
warned." ANTHONY PAGDEN "Of the many books spawned by September 11,
this one is in a class by itself. The authors range widely and
authoritatively from history to current events; from fast-paced
narrative to sharp, often original analysis; from deep behind enemy
lines, where they get into the heads of the enemy, to the Situation
Room in the basement of the White House where the American response
is formulated (and where the authors logged so many hours
themselves). In the phrase that has gained such currency since
9/11, here's a book that truly connects the dots. It does so in a
spare, lucid style with flashes of real brilliance and with
admirable fairness to all three administrations -- from Bush to
Clinton to Bush -- that havegrappled with a decade of steadily
escalating terrorism." STROBE TALBOTT, FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY OF
STATE AND AUTHOR OF "THE RUSSIA HAND: A MEMOIR OF PRESIDENTIAL
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