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Publisher's Summary

Two leading experts on violent extremism explain the genesis, evolution, and implications of today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State.
Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources and material, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research into open-source intelligence, Stern and Berger outline the origins of ISIS as the formidable terrorist group it has quickly become.
ISIS: The State of Terror delves into the ‘ghoulish pornography' of pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of ‘jihadi chic' and the startling effectiveness of the Islamic State's use of social media as a means of luring and recruiting citizens from countries such as the United States, Great Britain, and France - using recent examples such as Douglas McCain, the American citizen from Minnesota who joined ISIS and died in combat fighting on the side of the Islamic State.
Although the picture Stern and Berger paint is bleak, ISIS: The State of Terror also offers well-informed thoughts on potential government responses to ISIS - most importantly, emphasizing that we must alter our present conceptions of terrorism and react to the rapidly changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the terrorists do.
ISIS The State of Terror is not only a compelling account of the evolution of a terrorist organization but also a necessary book that attempts to answer the question of what our next move, as a country, as a government, as the world, should be.
©2015 Jessica Stern, J. M.Berger (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"A timely warning from an expert who has not lost his perspective." (New York Times)
"Timely and compelling" (Booklist)
"[A] stunningly brave book." (Elle)
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By Mr. Alan R. Jenkins on 06-19-15

Stunning insight

Would you listen to ISIS: The State of Terror again? Why?

Superb text on a current and developing historical issue. Detailing various topics within the IS (ISIS) paradox, the book outlines clearly and without distortion the past and current background of IS, its beginnings, it ideology, its methods, and its complex interaction within the Middle East conflicts and Non-conformant enemies. Many current events and their expanded details explained, illustrating how IS became a world problem, not just a local issue.

What did you like best about this story?

That it explains the reasons why people engage in such activities, and the ways and means the IS has risen to the "ideological body" it is today. A prelude to future books on the subject, it will no doubt become common to most bookshelves of readers.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The stories of the personalities of IS, and their backgrounds on how they got where they did or are in the current IS hierarchy.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moving stories of the victims of IS atrocities!

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By Henrik from Sweden on 04-15-16

The failed political correct analysis of yesterday

A far too political correct presentation, failing to see the harsh realities concerning the nature of the beast.

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