The Last Refuge

  • by Gregory Johnsen
  • Narrated by Michael Butler Murray
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A gripping account of how al-Qaeda in Yemen rebounded from an initial defeat to once again threaten the United States.
Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers in an unforgiving corner of Arabia. The Last Refuge charts the rise, fall, and resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen over the last 30 years, detailing how a group that the United States once defeated has now become one of the world’s most dangerous threats. An expert on Yemen who has spent years on the ground there, Gregory D. Johnsen uses al-Qaeda’s Arabic battle notes to reconstruct their world as they take aim at the United States and its allies. Johnsen brings listeners inside al-Qaeda’s training camps and safe houses as the terrorists plot poison attacks and debate how to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day. The Last Refuge is an eye-opening look at the successes and failures of fighting a new type of war in one of the most turbulent countries in the world.


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expected more history of Yemen

largely focused on the evolution of al quaeda which many other books do. I would have preferred more background on Yemen that demonstrates why here and talked more about the Saudis
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- George

One of the better books I have read on terrorism.

This book starts slow, with a somewhat laughable reliance on generalizations and cliches in its intro. But once it gets into the actual recreation of events, it is fascinating. As best I can tell, its big-scale facts track to reality, and provide some critical background to understanding the rise of ISIS/ISIL and the general failure (or at least incomplete success) of the US in its "war on terror." I very much appreciated the author's reliance on non-Western viewpoints, but would have appreciated a direct questioning of Saudi or Yemeni anti-terrorism sources as to what the big picture is. This book was published before ISIS/ISIL hit the news in the West, so I feel like I now want a clear sense of the connection (or lack thereof) between AQAP and ISIS/ISIL.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios