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Terrorism is scary. It's also impenetrable to those who don't adopt its nihilistic ideology. Fishman has lifted the "scales" from this listener's eyes (or is that ears?) with his well-paced and fascinating look at the history of al-Qaeda, ISI, ISIL, and other major players in the current global jihadi movement. His dispassionate prose illuminates and informs and his analysis of the "Master Plan" is among the most deft and accurate I've read. Westerners would do well to read and learn from Mr. Fishman and Western leaders should pay particular attention to the closing 20 minutes of the narration. Discrimination against Muslims only fuels ISIL's recruitment. Through respect and understanding, we can defeat the wretched enemy of civilization.
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maybe I have been spoilt by listening to "the looming tower" first, which was excellent. the narrative and delivery were much more accessible. the master plan uses a lot of complex acronyms and names repeatedly which becomes slightly wearing after a while.
in fairness I might come back to it after managing half of the book before skipping to something else.