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From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism Hardcover – International Edition, April 20, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1908979537 ISBN-10: 1908979534 Edition: Int

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press; Int edition (April 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908979534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908979537
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ability to return to a harrowing experience -- one that was deeply personal to her -- and recount it in detail so that others may learn can only be borne of the courage and professionalism that she has always displayed as a journalist ... As we are utilizing social media to bring government closer to people, through her book, she shows that others are making use of the same instruments to spread an ideology of violence and terror. Her research into the methods of terrorist groups still active today will enable a better understanding of how these groups operate -- and will serve as a good resource for those seeking peace and stability for all." --Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines

"Maria Ressa has crafted a remarkable, true and troubling story. Her description of the nexus between social media and terrorism sheds an important light on the challenges we face in confronting non-state actors bent on destroying innocent lives. Ressa does not flinch in describing the ordeal her co-workers experienced, her role in freeing them or issuing a clarion call to us to be aware of the danger we face from Internet-connected terrorists. Her work is a critical literary experience for us all."
-- Harry K Thomas, Jr, US Ambassador to the Philippines and former Director for South Asia, National Security Council

"Maria Ressa wrote the first book on the rise of terrorism in Southeast Asia. In the last decade, concerted intelligence, law enforcement and military operations have disrupted international, regional and domestic threat groups in Southeast Asia. Maria captures these emerging developments in From bin Laden to Facebook, a must-read for policy and decision makers, security practitioners and scholars, as well as the public." --Rohan Gunaratna, Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

"One of the leading experts on terror in Southeast Asia, Maria Ressa has written a fascinating and important primer on the ties of family and loyalty that bind the region's Islamist networks. Rich with the personal histories of some of the region's most dangerous men and women, her account is framed by the gripping step-by-step drama of a kidnapping that brought terror to her doorstep in what she calls 'the most challenging ten days of my life'." --Seth Mydans, Former New York Times Correspondent

About the Author

Maria A Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts-and-minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator.

Ms Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN's bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) and Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN's lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia, and wrote Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia in 2003.

In 1987, she was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University, and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. 10 Days, 10 Years: FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK is part of her work as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Political Violence & Terrorism Research at RSIS in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


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Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN's bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. For nearly 2 decades, she had a front-row seat chronicling Southeast Asia's transition from authoritarian rule to democracy, the Asian financial crisis, as well as reporting on separatist, ethnic and sectarian violence across Asia. She was CNN's lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia.

Maria was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe Productions, Inc. based in the Philippines. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for 6 years managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

She taught courses in politics and media for her alma mater, Princeton University, and in broadcasting at the University of the Philippines. She was Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore as well as Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maikat on May 14, 2013
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The history and the emergence of the Abu Sayyaf were discussed in detail. The key element in this book is the in country information it provided which gives an insight which most academic books are not able to provide. This mixed in with the kidnapping of the CNN crew provided for a good read.
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If you want to get a better handle on terrorist networks in Southeast Asia but have the topic fed to you in an easy to digest and fun way, this is the book for you. It is one part academic treatise and one part gripping kidnap for ransom tale with social network theory sprinkled throughout.

Plus, this is an author whose mind you want to take a tour of and she walks you through her thought process step by step. A veteran investigative journalist, videos of the author's CNN reports were found in Osama Bin Laden's private archive. While others took months and even years to negotiate hostage releases, she relates how she did it in 10 days. And she is a social network maven, who is able to zoom out and give a view from the top of the complex social networks at play. It's definitely worth picking up a copy to get a glimpse behind her eyes.
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By Alison on September 8, 2013
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This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. It seamlessly blends a harrowing abduction story with decades of research and investigative journalism on the terrorist networks operating in the Philippines. The story, and the author's role in securing the journalist's freedom, provide a window into the individual people and global networks that make up Abu Sayaf. Highly recommend if you want to understand how terrorism is going to mutate and adapt in the coming decades.
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