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The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State (Paperback)
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The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/02/2018
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'Gripping ... revelatory ... unrivalled' Tom Holland, New Statesman

'From Mosul to Melbourne, from Cairo to Tokyo, from London to Oslo, from Connecticut to California: Graeme Wood's quest to understand the Islamic State is a round-the-world journey to the end of the night' Niall Ferguson

'A hugely important book ... Indispensable' David Aaronovitch, The Times

A radical rethinking of what ISIS is and what it really wants

From Graeme Wood, author of the explosive Atlantic cover story "What ISIS Really Wants," comes the definitive book on the history, psychology, character, and aims of the Islamic State. Based on Wood's unprecedented access to supporters, recruiters, and high-ranking members of the most infamous jihadist group in the world, The Way of the Strangers is a riveting, fast-paced deep dive into the apocalyptic dogma that informs the group's worldview, from the ideas that motivate it, to the "fatwa factory" that produces its laws, to its very specific plans for the future. By accepting that ISIS truly believes the end is nigh, we can understand its strategy-and predict what it will do next.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141982137
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


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Gripping, sobering and revelatory ... Unrivalled -- Tom Holland * New Statesman *
[A] hugely important book ... Indispensable -- David Aaronovitch * The Times *
Fascinating ... Highly readable ... The western military with its superior firepower can bomb Isis out of existence in Raqqa and Mosul as much as it likes, but we won't destroy the ideology if we don't understand what it is. This book goes a long way towards filling that gap -- Christina Lamb * Sunday Times *
Indispensable and gripping .... Wood's quest to understand the Islamic State is a round-the-world journey to the end of the night. As individuals, the men he encounters are misfits, even losers. But their millenarian Islamist ideology makes them the most dangerous people on the planet. -- Niall Ferguson

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