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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jihad Joe Shipping Soon, And More Book-Related News To Come

I just received my copy of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, and I'm very excited to finally hold the real thing in my hands.

I wanted to take the occasion to remind everyone that it's shipping out next weekend. I will have an announcement soon about an event in D.C. oriented around the book later this month, as well as a TV appearance currently scheduled for soon after the release. In the meantime, here's a few things that people are saying about the book.

"Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Berger lifts the veil on the phenomenon of American jihadists in this timely and chilling examination. [...] Berger's exposé painstakingly lays out the scope and character of the American jihadist movement and points the way to a national debate on solutions."

-Publisher's Weekly | Click for full review

"Jihad Joe is a hell of a book -- authoritatively reported, well sourced, and painstakingly researched. This is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the true nature of the terrorist threat that confronts us. Berger has succeeded in producing a timely work that will tell everyone something they didn't know about the topic, whether they are everyday people or those well versed in the subject."

-Josh Meyer, former terrorism/national security reporter, Los Angeles Times, and director of education and outreach, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, Northwestern University

"A fascinating journey into the rise, expansion, and future of American jihadism. J. M. Berger goes beyond the Awlaki mania to investigate firsthand the changing nature of the terrorist threat to the United States."

-Jean-Charles Brisard, former chief investigator for the 9/11 families' lawsuits

"A must-read insight into America's Muslim 'holy warriors.' J. M. Berger tracked down the families and former associates of U.S. citizens who turned to jihad and violence, and asked a key question: why? Jihad Joe is meticulously researched and refreshingly free of rhetoric."

-David Hebditch, documentary filmmaker and coauthor of How to Stage a Military Coup

"J.M. Berger's Jihad Joe is a timely MUST READ. It provides the first comprehensive background and analysis on Americans joining the jihadi movement over the past thirty years. It adds to the growing body of literature on the jihadi phenomenon and offers new research that better contextualizes the current rise of American involvement in the jihadi movement. Most importantly, Jihad Joe, unlike many recent works, is non-partisan and non-political. The methodical research speaks for itself, which is reassuring in an over-politicized environment."

-Aaron Y. Zelin, writer of and terrorism researcher at Brandeis University

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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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