Synopses & Reviews
The shocking book that caused a furor in Europe now comes to America...
It was a horrible tragedy, but what if, hidden behind the story of the gruesome on-camera murder of journalist Daniel Pearl, was another, still darker story? What if the people who murdered him weren't actually fanatic followers of Osama bin Laden? What if he wasn't murdered - as was universally assumed - because he was Jewish and American? What if he was murdered because he was onto something? In a groundbreaking book that combines a novelist's eye with riveting investigative journalism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the world's most esteemed writers, retraces Pearl's final steps through a murky Islamic underworld, suffused by "an odor of the apocalypse." The investigation plunges Lévy into his own heart of darkness - and a series of stunning revelations about who the real terrorists are.
"[A] gripping read...full of suspenseful twists....The earlier passages of the book, which take some literary license in describing what Pearl must have felt, [are] alone worth the price of admission." Publishers Weekly
"[G]uaranteed to shake the foundations of neo-conservative land....This all makes for gripping reading." Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online
"Like many compelling conspiracy theories, Lévy's has the capacity to startle and alarm us. But his book is too shaky a foundation on which to base a case against Pakistan." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
"Lévy has by no means written the last word on the death of Daniel Pearl. But if a definitive work on the case is ever written, its author would be wise to read and have footnotes referencing Who Killed Daniel Pearl?" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"While Lévy makes intriguing observations and explores some mysterious places...Who Killed Daniel Pearl? is marred by an overarching imprecision, a disregard for detail that infects nearly every aspect of the book." Chicago Tribune
"Lévy...bombards his book with theories and postulations, some of which are based on gutsy reporting, some of which seem like the musings of a conspiracy theorist or pseudo-psychologist....It's unfortunate Levy's work swings so wildly between absurdity and Pulitzer-quality material." Rocky Mountain News
"Who Killed Daniel Pearl? must have been a fine read as it was first published in French, but surely the prose lost some of its gusto in the translation." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Lévy brilliantly combines a sharply observed diary of how it feels to track the terrorist trail...with passionate political and philosophical denunciation of Pakistan, which he labels 'the biggest rogue of all the rogue states of today.'" Philadelphia Inquirer
"[T]his highly flawed book makes a useful point: If it is left unresolved, real danger could emanate from radical Islamists in Pakistan, a country of 145 million people and a U.S. ally in the war on terrorism." Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Lévy has a good heart and a noble sense of outrage....You cannot but admire a man who has so much compassion for Pearl. And you can't help wishing that at least some of his questions will be answered one day." Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal
Written by one of France's most esteemed intellectuals and journalists, this investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal
correspondent Daniel Pearl asserts that Pearl was murdered not necessarily because he was an American or Jewish, as previously assumed, but because he had uncovered links between al-Qaida terrorists and the Pakistani government.
This gripping saga retraces Pearl's steps from India through Kandahar, Karachi, and the murky Islamic underground of a Pakistan draped in "an odor of the apocalypse." Told with great compassion for the heroic Pearl whose widow and parents cooperated with and assisted the author the story ultimately transcends the reporter's tragic ending with a ringing call to reexamine what Daniel Pearl died trying to uncover.
"A gripping synthesis of philosophy and reportage" (The New York Times), this book tells the explosive truth about the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
About the Author
Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France's most famous philosophers and one of the bestselling writers in Europe. He is also one of the world's most preeminent journalists, having started his career as a war reporter for Combat
, the famous underground newspaper founded by Camus during the Nazi occupation of France. Lévy covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh. Returning to Paris, he became famous as the dashing young founder of the New Philosophers group. His 1977 book Barbarism With a Human Face
caused the kind of sensation that Camus' The Rebel
incited in the 1950's, and since then, Lévy's novels and essays have continued to stir up such excitement that The Guardian
recently noted he is "accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars."
Lévy has held several diplomatic positions with the French government, and written numerous books. In particular, he has written several books about the Islamic Middle East, and in 2002 he was appointed by the French government to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in the wake of its war with the U.S.