The War Against the Terror Masters Why It Happened. Where We Are Now. How We'll Win.

Newly Updated; Michael A. Ledeen

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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A report on the rise of the international terror networks, and the efforts of our intelligence services to destroy terrorism in United States and overseas, The War Against the Terror Masters, newly updated for this edition, explains why the U.S. was so unprepared for the 9/11 catastrophe.

The book also explores the nature of the terror networks the U.S. is fighting (including their state sponsors); the role of radical Islam in terrorism; the enemy collaboration of some of our traditional Middle Eastern "allies"; and, most convincingly, what America must do to win the war on terror. In the process, this study examines countries throughout the Near East and describes the terrorist cancer cells in each. Ledeen reveals how the terror network survived the loss of its main sponsor, the Soviet Union; how the FBI learned from a KGB defector—twenty years before Osama bin Laden's murderous assault on September 11—of the existence of Arab terrorist sleeper networks inside the United States; and much more.


Praise for The War Against the Terror Masters

"Sometimes controversial, often provocative, always informative and insightful."—Bernard Lewis, author of What Went Wrong? and The Arabs in History

"Transcend[s] mere descriptive narrative and seek[s] to fix a value—political, philosophical or strategic—on the events of 9/11."—Tunku Varadarajan, The Wall Street Journal

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War Against the Terror Masters
1THE RISE OF THE TERROR NETWORKWhen the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush for them.--KORAN 
The murder of man by man is as old as the human race, but the sort of terrorist that attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, is rather new. The concept itself was born during the French Revolution, whose bloodiest phase was known as "The Terror." This led straight to the notion of a "reign of terror," and by the second half of the nineteenth
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  • Newly Updated; Michael A. Ledeen

  • Michael A. Ledeen, a noted political analyst and highly knowledgeable about the Near East, is a resident scholar at the American Enterprises Institute. He is the author of Machiavelli on Modern Leadership and Tocqueville on American Character. A contributer to The Wall Street Journal, he lives and works in Washington, D.C.