The United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists by Peter Bergen

United States of Jihad: Americans Fighting for Radical Islam--from al-Qaeda to ISISUnited States of Jihad: Americans Fighting for Radical Islam–from al-Qaeda to ISIS by Peter Bergen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mr. Bergen is well known for his books on terrorism as well as his work as a security analyst on CNN.
In this book he explores homegrown terrorists. Those who leave our country to train as well as the lone wolves who act entirely on their own.

The book follows the stories of some of the key players over the years since 9/11 and even before.
It did read like a true crime novel, which I enjoyed. We hear these stories on the news, but there is usually not a lot of in depth coverage or follow up. Even now I wonder how many people know where the Boston bomber Tsarnav is or what we have learned from him?

His research is well documented in the end notes and I learned quite a bit of information I did not know before.
I don’t think this book could have come at a better time. For anyone wanting more information on the subject of terror at home and why this cause can seem so compelling to our youth, this is a must read.

Mr. Bergen’s writing style is straightforward and easy to read which is a big plus when trying to understand another culture and language.

I would highly recommend this book.

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