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Beatings and Bureaucracy: The Founding Memos of Al Qaeda [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Berger
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Al Qaeda might be a secret organization, but it kept meticulous records. For the first time ever, those records are being made available to the public. "Beatings and Bureaucracy: The Founding Memos of Al Qaeda" is a history of the creation of Al Qaeda in the words of its members. Included are detailed notes from the 1988 meetings in which Osama bin Laden laid out his vision for the terrorist organization, as well as letters to and from bin Laden and other significant jihadist figures. These documents chronicle a critical period in Al Qaeda's history and are arguably even more important than the material found by U.S. forces in Abbotabad, Pakistan, when bin Laden was finally killed. Compiled and edited by J.M. Berger, author of "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam" and editor of Intelwire, this collection is a important and fascinating reference for anyone interested in the War on Terror.

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  • File Size: 138 KB
  • Print Length: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Intelwire Press (March 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PV54GW
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3.0 out of 5 stars useful materials, pity about the translations April 1, 2012
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This book is a useful collection of some fascinating primary sources. If only the translations were better. they're too often simply unreadable, or it's impossible to make sense of them in English. If you know Arabic, or if you've any acquaintance with the originals, you can sometimes figure out what the vague idea is, but this shouldn't be the ideal.

If you're interested in this stuff you'll probably buy it and read it regardless. Let's hope the upcoming volumes mentioned in the introduction have a better criterion of selection w/r/t the translation quality.
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J.M. Berger is a journalist covering global and domestic terrorism. He has reported, produced content and spoken on camera about terrorism for the National Geographic Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Al Jazeera and other U.S. and international television outlets.

Intelwire.com, Berger's Web site, regularly publishes investigative reports and thousands of pages of primary source documents about the war on terrorism, including the single biggest collection of FBI investigative documents concerning the September 11 attacks ever released to the public.

Berger's new book, "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go To War In The Name Of Islam," uncovers the secret history of American jihadists. Hundreds of American Muslims have traveled abroad to fight in wars because of their religious beliefs. From the 1970s to the present day, Americans have been involved in every major jihadist front. An American was even present for the founding of Al Qaeda in 1988.

Berger recently completed work on "Sarajevo Ricochet," a documentary exposing the activities of Islamic radical networks during the war in Bosnia, and what the U.S. government knew about Al Qaeda's connections to the Bosnian government. His previous works include a National Geographic documentary about Ali Mohamed, an Al Qaeda spy who infiltrated the U.S. military. Berger also recently contributed footage to "Talibanistan," an episode of "National Geographic Explorer" on the activities of the Taliban on the Af-Pak border.

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