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Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals

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Imagine a world where a boyand#8217;s dreams dictate the behavior of warriors in battle; where a young coupleand#8217;s only release from forbidden love is death; where religious extremism, blind hatred, and endemic corruption combine to form a lethal ideology that can hijack a manand#8217;s life forever. This is the world of andlt;Iandgt;Terrorists in Loveandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A former federal prosecutor and congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent five years as a pollster and a researcher with rare accessand#8212;via local government officials, journalists, and clericsand#8212;interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, andlt;Iandgt;Terrorists in Love andlt;/Iandgt;opens a fresh window into the realm of violent extremism as Ballen profiles six of these menand#8212;from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabiaand#8212;revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structuresand#8212;the story that emerges here is both shocking and breathtakingly complex. andlt;Iandgt;Terrorists in Love andlt;/Iandgt;introduces us to men like Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by Americaand#8217;s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omarand#8217;s personal seer. Lifting the veil on the mysterious world of Muslim holy warriors, Ballen probes these menand#8217;s deepest secrets, revealing the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new exploration of what drives them to violence and why there is yet an unexpected hope for peace. An extraordinarily gifted listener and storyteller, Ballen takes us where no one has dared to goand#8212;deep into the secret heart of Islamic fundamentalism, providing a glimpse at the lives, loves, frustrations, and methods of those whose mission it is to destroy us.

Review:

"Ballen, a former federal prosecutor and the founder and president of the non-profit research institute Terror Free Tomorrow, profiles six former jihadis in this provocative study. With the assistance of Saudi Arabian authorities and well-placed Pakistani journalists, Ballen interviewed more than 100 former jihadis during five years of research, focusing on six very different, very complex individuals whose lives were so different from Western conceptions of the terrorist that he felt compelled to tell their stories. The six include a mama's boy, a homosexual, a sexually abused dreamer, one-half of a 'jihadi Romeo and Juliet,' a homesick and gullible suicide bomber, and 'Pakistan's most notorious terrorist you never heard of.' The author's dynamic with terrorists is fascinating ('I was everything he hated: an American, a Jew, and once a prosecutor of terrorists like him'), and he culls fascinating observations from what motivates terrorists ('the story of Islamic radicals and terrorists... is as much about love as hate') and how they can be overcome ('they are, in fact, a small group that can be isolated and defeated'). An unprecedented and unusual look at Islamic radicalism. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Imagine a world where a boy’s dreams dictate the behavior of warriors in battle; where a young couple’s only release from forbidden love is death; where religious extremism, blind hatred, and endemic corruption combine to form a lethal ideology that can hijack a man’s life forever. This is the world of Terrorists in Love.

A former federal prosecutor and congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent five years as a pollster and a researcher with rare access—via local government officials, journalists, and clerics—interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, Terrorists in Love opens a fresh window into the realm of violent extremism as Ballen profiles six of these men—from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia—revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism.

Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structures—the story that emerges here is both shocking and breathtakingly complex. Terrorists in Love introduces us to men like Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal seer. Lifting the veil on the mysterious world of Muslim holy warriors, Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, revealing the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new exploration of what drives them to violence and why there is yet an unexpected hope for peace. An extraordinarily gifted listener and storyteller, Ballen takes us where no one has dared to go—deep into the secret heart of Islamic fundamentalism, providing a glimpse at the lives, loves, frustrations, and methods of those whose mission it is to destroy us.

Synopsis:

Drawing on unprecedented access, a leading terrorism expert profiles six terrorists to offer an astonishing new portrait of our enemies as we have never seen them before.

Why does someone become an Islamic radical? What are his deepest beliefs? And is there any hope he can be turned away from terrorism? In the riveting Terrorists in Love, Ken Ballen takes readers behind the headlines and into the minds of Islamic terrorists.

A former federal prosecutor and Congressional investigator, Ballen spent five years interviewing more than a hundred extremists throughout the Muslim world. Here, he shares the lives of six of them, including Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal Seer. Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, unveiling the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new thesis about what drives them to violence. In the process, he exposes for the first time the war councils of the Taliban leadership, where dreams and religious visions determine the course of war against the United States, and talks his way through the closed doors of the royal family of Saudi Arabia—the country that provides most of the funding for Al Qaeda.

According to CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, Ballen “has gone deeper inside this closed world of Muslim extremists than any other researcher” to deliver the first vivid, in depth and personal understanding of the world of Islamic militancy. More than this, Ballen offers an informed, urgent and clear assessment of the true nature of this threat to America, allowing for a reasoned and effective response.

About the Author

Peter Bergen is the author of Holy War, Inc., which has been translated into 18 languages, and The Osama Bin Laden I Know. They were both named among the best nonfiction books of the year by The Washington Post and documentaries based on teh books were both nominated for Emmys. Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and a fellow at the New America Foundation and New York University's Center on Law & Security. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic television, Discovery, and CNN. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair, among other publications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451609219
Author:
Ballen, Ken
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Bergen, Peter
Author:
Bergen, Peter L.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
index; notes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ballen, a former federal prosecutor and the founder and president of the non-profit research institute Terror Free Tomorrow, profiles six former jihadis in this provocative study. With the assistance of Saudi Arabian authorities and well-placed Pakistani journalists, Ballen interviewed more than 100 former jihadis during five years of research, focusing on six very different, very complex individuals whose lives were so different from Western conceptions of the terrorist that he felt compelled to tell their stories. The six include a mama's boy, a homosexual, a sexually abused dreamer, one-half of a 'jihadi Romeo and Juliet,' a homesick and gullible suicide bomber, and 'Pakistan's most notorious terrorist you never heard of.' The author's dynamic with terrorists is fascinating ('I was everything he hated: an American, a Jew, and once a prosecutor of terrorists like him'), and he culls fascinating observations from what motivates terrorists ('the story of Islamic radicals and terrorists... is as much about love as hate') and how they can be overcome ('they are, in fact, a small group that can be isolated and defeated'). An unprecedented and unusual look at Islamic radicalism. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Imagine a world where a boy’s dreams dictate the behavior of warriors in battle; where a young couple’s only release from forbidden love is death; where religious extremism, blind hatred, and endemic corruption combine to form a lethal ideology that can hijack a man’s life forever. This is the world of Terrorists in Love.

A former federal prosecutor and congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent five years as a pollster and a researcher with rare access—via local government officials, journalists, and clerics—interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, Terrorists in Love opens a fresh window into the realm of violent extremism as Ballen profiles six of these men—from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia—revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism.

Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structures—the story that emerges here is both shocking and breathtakingly complex. Terrorists in Love introduces us to men like Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal seer. Lifting the veil on the mysterious world of Muslim holy warriors, Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, revealing the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new exploration of what drives them to violence and why there is yet an unexpected hope for peace. An extraordinarily gifted listener and storyteller, Ballen takes us where no one has dared to go—deep into the secret heart of Islamic fundamentalism, providing a glimpse at the lives, loves, frustrations, and methods of those whose mission it is to destroy us.

"Synopsis" by , Drawing on unprecedented access, a leading terrorism expert profiles six terrorists to offer an astonishing new portrait of our enemies as we have never seen them before.

Why does someone become an Islamic radical? What are his deepest beliefs? And is there any hope he can be turned away from terrorism? In the riveting Terrorists in Love, Ken Ballen takes readers behind the headlines and into the minds of Islamic terrorists.

A former federal prosecutor and Congressional investigator, Ballen spent five years interviewing more than a hundred extremists throughout the Muslim world. Here, he shares the lives of six of them, including Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; and Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal Seer. Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, unveiling the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new thesis about what drives them to violence. In the process, he exposes for the first time the war councils of the Taliban leadership, where dreams and religious visions determine the course of war against the United States, and talks his way through the closed doors of the royal family of Saudi Arabia—the country that provides most of the funding for Al Qaeda.

According to CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, Ballen “has gone deeper inside this closed world of Muslim extremists than any other researcher” to deliver the first vivid, in depth and personal understanding of the world of Islamic militancy. More than this, Ballen offers an informed, urgent and clear assessment of the true nature of this threat to America, allowing for a reasoned and effective response.

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