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Al-Jazeera was already enormously popular in the Arab world when 9-11 occurred. After the terrorist attack, it became notorious for airing the communiqués and videos of Osama bin Laden and filing reports critical of the U.S. from its Iraq bureau. Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell described Al-Jazeera as "horrible" and "slanted." One American newspaper called on the U.S. military to shut it down. Miles tells of how a U.S. bomb flattened the network's bureau in Kabul, while U.S. soldiers and aircraft killed and injured several of its journalists during the war in Iraq--although U.S. officials deny targeting the network. As Al-Jazeera gears up to open an English-language channel, Miles writes, its story will only get more interesting. No doubt! --Alex Roslin
Two stars was a hard choice to make. I was torn between two or three.
The Good - lengthy treatment of Al-Jazeera's origins, operations, evolution, and popular shows and... Read more
Analyses why and how the agenda of Al Jazeera Television seems so opposite to what is shown on mainline western news shows. Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by J. Gresham
Hugh Miles, a Saudi-born British journalist, analyzes the twenty-four-hour Arab television news channel Al-Jazeera. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by M. A. Ramos
British Hugh Miles writes one of the most comprehensive and compelling books presently available on the store shelves about the sudden Arabic media sensation known as Al-Jazeera... Read morePublished on July 16, 2006 by Adam Daniel Mezei
Parts of the book definitely have a "puff piece" quality, but it's probably the closest thing to a neutral look at the subject that we have so far.Published on May 21, 2006 by TGordon
In a mostly affectionate look at the origins and rise of the prime Arabic channel, the book manages to intersperse historical story telling, behind-the-scenes accounts, and... Read morePublished on June 23, 2005 by Jijnasu Forever
This book was written in 2003-4, and covers the time from Al Jazeera's beginnings in the 1990s to 2004, so it is very up-to-date. Read morePublished on June 20, 2005 by Dinoj Surendran
If you are looking for a good, solid intro to this channel by someone who knows Arabic and has knowledge of the region, this is the book. Read morePublished on May 23, 2005 by BookWorm