The 9/11 Wars (Paperback)
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Published: 07/06/2012
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From the author of Al-Qaeda, Jason Burke's The 9/11 Wars is an essential book for understanding the dangerous and unstable world of the twenty-first century.

On September 11th 2001, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks, terrorists destroyed New York's World Trade Center and a substantial portion of the Pentagon. Since the Twin Towers fell, the world has seen the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the downfall of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, bombings, battles and riots. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the 'war on terror'.

Whether reporting on the riots in France or the attack on Mumbai, suicide bombers in Iraq or British troops fighting in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, Jason Burke's The 9/11 Wars, named 2011 Book of the Year by the Daily Telegraph, Economist and Independent, tells the story of a world that changed forever when the hijacked planes flew out of the brilliant blue sky above Manhattan on September 11th.

'The best overview of the 9/11 decade so far in print'
  Economist

'A magisterial history of the last decade'
  Pankaj Mishra, Guardian

'At a time when there are more books out on terrorism than ever before ... this is likely to be among the best'
  Sunday Telegraph

'Potent ... journalism of a high order ... essential for understanding the past decade'
  Sherard Cowper-Coles, Sunday Times

Jason Burke is the South Asia correspondent for the Guardian. He has reported around the world for both the Guardian and the Observer. He is the author of two other widely praised books, both published by Penguin: Al-Qaeda and On the Road to Kandahar. He lives in New Delhi.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141044590
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The best overview of the 9/11 decade so far in print - Economist

A magisterial history of the last decade ... The long patient sentences of The 9/11 Wars are suffused with the melancholy of a man who has learned a great deal from long exposure to atrocity and folly - Pankaj Mishra, Guardian

A comprehensive summing up of the past decade's violent events ... The 9/11 Wars warrants great respect - Metro

Pacy, well-researched, and packed with telling anecdotes, this book's strength is in its detailed, balanced overview ... At a time when there are more books out on terrorism than ever before ... this is likely to be among the best - Sunday Telegraph

[Burke] is one of the most respected and experienced foreign correspondents in the business ... A major authority on the politics and organisation of Islamic extremism and ... a talented writer with the rare gift of joining effortless prose to challenging scholarship ... [The 9/11 Wars] is a magnificent achievement - Irish Times

A reader wanting a more dispassionate survey of how 9/11, and the response to it, may have shaped parts of the world will do no better than invest in [this] brilliant book - David Aaronovitch, The Times

This remarkably balanced, well-sourced and very well-written book ... will be turned to in the future ... [Burke] has demonstrated impressive expertise as a historian who has had the advantage of having been present on many of the battlefields he describes - Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard

[A] lucid, sane account ... taut, careful reporting ... Remarkable - Scotsman

Making sense of the aftermath of 9/11 ... is a monumental task - but Burke is up to the job. The 9/11 Wars is insightful, thorough, and at times fascinating - Daniel Byman, Foreign Policy

Potent ... journalism of a high order. Like all good reporters, Burke is something of a scholar, drawing meticulously on interview notes years old, and on extensive background reading. He excels, too, in describing the experiences of ordinary Muslims; such insights make this book essential for understanding the past decade - Sherard Cowper-Coles, Sunday Times

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