The Age of Jihad is the most in-depth analysis of the regional crisis in the Middle East to date. 2001 heralded a new age of disintegration in the Middle East. This has had a murderous impact on the people who live there but also the world beyond. Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the vast geopolitical struggle that is the Sunni-Shia conflict, a clash that shapes the war on terror, western military interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the fall of regional dictators, and the rise of Islamic State.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
"Patrick Cockburn spotted the emergence of ISIS much earlier than anybody else and wrote about it with a depth of understanding that was just in a league of its own. Nobody else was writing that stuff at that time, and the judges wondered whether the Government should consider pensioning off the whole of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn instead. The breadth of his knowledge and his ability make connections is phenomenal." - Judges of the Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year Award 2014 "Quite simply, the best Western journalist at work in the Middle East today." - Seymour M. Hersh "It is a brilliant tour d'horizon of the new wars, a chronicle compiled from despatches, notes and diaries. No one could be better placed for this task and no one else could have produced such a lucid and comprehensive account." - Robert Fox, Evening Standard "A fine and courageous journalist, who has displayed a sustained commitment to laying bare the tribulations of the Middle East...This book confirms Cockburn's reputation as a reporter and analyst." - Max Hastings, Sunday Times "This book is required reading for anyone who wants to try to understand the disaster. It should be compulsory reading for politicians, diplomats, defence chiefs and the academic think-tanks whose members make confident predictions, usually confounded by what follows." - Allan Massie, Scotsman "A meticulous and blistering condemnation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East" - Macleans "His reports coalesce here, giving life and shape to the forces of terror currently shaping the region and beyond. The book serves as a strong argument for sharpening the mind of each and every politician responsible for the continuing calamity" - GQ "Likely to be a reference for future scholars. Cockburn's dispatches make for a somber, vivid, and gripping work of eyewitness history." - Publishers Weekly "One of the best informed on-the-ground journalists. He was almost always correct on Iraq." - Sidney Blumenthal, in an email to Hillary Clinton "A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'" - Kirkus Reviews "The greatest living foreign correspondent in English, a writer of understated integrity and compassion, with the necessary balance of indignation and detachment" - Richard Lloyd Parry, New York Times