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Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever Seen Hardcover – May 30, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559707089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559707084
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Fielding is a senior reporter with the London Sunday Times. Yosri Fouda is the top investigative reporter with the Arab TV channel al-Jazeera. Both are based in London.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Morgan on July 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having read much of the literature in English pertaining to the nature and activities of Al Qaeda, I can say that this is one of the few books on the subject worth reading, not only because of the exclusive information available to its authors but also as a result of the unique perspective from which it is written. The book's primary author is Yosri Fouda, a journalist with the Arabic Al Jazeera TV network who was given a unique invitation in April 2002 to spend a weekend interviewing the two men who plotted the September 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh. The two had decided that the time had come for them to take credit for what they had done in order to clear up any remaining doubts about their capabilities (the Western world being largely convinced of their responsibility by this point anyway), and in the hope of inspiring others in the Muslim world to follow their example.
The book consists of two elements. The first is the story of how Fouda secretly arranged to meet with the two men in Pakistan, the meeting itself, and his subsequent struggles to acquire the recordings of his interviews, having been forced to leave them in the hands of Al Qaeda for several months to allow them to edit the tapes for security purposes. The second is the details about some of the lesser-known figures of Al Qaeda, including background on the two men Fouda interviewed, and others such as Omar Sheikh, who was responsible for the kidnapping and death of Daniel Pearl. There is also new information on the activities of the Sept. 11 hijackers in the years leading up to the attacks, and an interesting look at the complex connections between Al Qaeda and the Pakistani intelligence service. Most of this is based on many exclusive interviews conducted by Fouda himself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Howell on November 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have a copy of this book which I bought last year and I am not looking to sell. By sheer conincidence, a lecturer on my journalism course at University managed to lure Yosri Fouda to a speak at a guest lecture in England in December 2004. I was lucky enough to meet Fouda and have my copy signed by him.

Sitting through that enthralling lecture, you would see that Fouda is an intelligent, unobjective individual. He was quick to emphasize keenly that night how much he loved America and how much his friends loved America too. I just wish to say, I personally have nothing against American citizens, just the president. In short, I would recommend Noam Chomsky's articles to you, and you will see the whole picture.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Ryan on July 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Masterminds of Terror" is a compelling account of the planning and execution of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is written by Al-Jazeera journalist Yosri Fouda with the help of British journalist Nick Fielding. What makes this an interesting work is that it is written by an Arab Muslim, and it essentially supports the "official" version of events espoused by the US government. With so many conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks-mostly accusing our own government of being involved-this book enforces the view that al-qaeda, and al-qaeda alone carried out the attacks. What makes this work even more interesting is the fact that Mr. Fouda met and interviewed the principal planners of the attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and Ramzi Binalshibh.

Working in London in April 2002, Yosri Fouda was contacted by an al-qaeda representative requesting a meeting. With the first anniversary of the attacks approaching, al-qaeda wanted to air it's justifications of the "Holy Tuesday Operation." With all the conspiracy theories floating around, it seems that al-qaeda was concerned about "attempts to strip the brothers of their credit." This led to a meeting in Karachi, Pakistan between Fouda and none other than Mohammed and Binalshibh. Not only did they admit their role in the attacks, but they provided detailed information of how and why they did it. The book also goes into detail about the 19 hijackers, Osama Bin Laden, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's extensive career in the terrorism business. While much of the information in this book has been published elsewhere, Fouda's up-close and personal acquaintance with these "Masterminds of Terror" make this an original and valuable contribution to the works about 9/11.
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