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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bin laden.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Refuge to be better than the print version?

This book is great. The only thing that I really didn't like was the extreme over statement of Bin ladens role in the soviet war in Afganistan. He survived one attack on his moutain hide out and left for Pakistan as fast as he could. And remained in pakistan for the rest of the so called "jihad." His role in the jihad was a man with money to give and pretty much nothing else.


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- Rhea "short, fat, and stupid."

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

Book Details

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