Some have said that the events of September 11 took every American by surprise. That's not true. There were Cassandras among us warning about the dangers of Islamic terrorism--and one of their leaders was Steven Emerson, who must be ranked among the most fearless reporters in the world. As a self-made expert on Islamic terrorism, he has invited the hatred of violent murderers. (At least one group has marked him for assassination; he was offered enrollment in the federal witness protection program, but refused). For more than 10 years, Emerson has soldiered on, studying groups that operate in the United States for the express purpose of funding and managing deadly organizations. American Jihad
summarizes what he has learned, and it isn't comforting. Emerson shows how the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has grown an extensive network in the United States, how the group Islamic Jihad set up shop at the University of South Florida, and how an Islamic center in Tucson helped recruit two of Osama bin Laden's top deputies. He also provides circumstantial evidence that bin Laden himself once applied for an American visa--"even the possibility is tantalizing, and chilling," he concludes. He urges Americans to fight back, but worries that time is short: "We are still vulnerable." This is an important book, and a sobering one. --John Miller
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Ethan Bronner The New York Times Book Review
Emerson is an investigator who has performed a genuine service...His information should be taken seriously.
Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe
The indispensable guide to American Muslim extremists and their ties to international terrorism.Richmond Times-Dispatch
The book is thorough and audacious -- and sobering. American Jihad belongs on the required reading list.
Oliver Revell Former FBI Assistant Director in Charge of Counterterrorism It may be that Mr. Emerson is actually better informed in some areas than the responsible agencies of government.
Melissa Radler The Jerusalem Post
It is hard to think of anyone who has done more extensive research in the area. The things that worry Emerson should worry America at large.