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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 researcher, analyst and writer covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam," the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of the forthcoming "ISIS: The State of Terror."

His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, the CTC Sentinel, the New York Daily News and the Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the National Geographic Channel. Berger has discussed terrorism and extremism on CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television outlets.

In addition to writing for the media, Berger consults for and trains private companies and government agencies on issues related to homegrown terrorism, online extremism, foreign fighters and advanced social media analysis. He often presents in academic settings and was, most recently, keynote speaker and a panelist at the annual conference of the Society for Terrorism Study, hosted by the University of Massachusetts.

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