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Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks Hardcover – 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; First Printing edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745321178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745321172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am overwhelmed by the amount of research that the author conducted to write this book.
Niky
She also writes beatifully, I could not put down the book. i reccomend this book to those who want to find answers to the many questions of our complex world.
paul
I am very well read on the middle east and terrorism but this book which I checked out of the library is completely different.
mbrandi

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hess on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm given Loretta Napoleoni's book on the finance of terror, "Modern Jihad", the once-over. It is sloppy in execution. She cites 100s of newspaper articles, with no effort to assess their accuracy or reliability. She also uses some academic papers and books, again uncritically. Her account has a breathless tonality - the activities of terrorists are reported with insufficient attention to balancing forces. In one example, she tells us that in one year, commercial ventures tied to efforts to expand Islamic influence expanded trade in Indonesia from $600k to $1.24M - surely small potatos. But the extent of the reports is sufficient to overcome uncertainty on the details as to her key point, the extent of terrorism and how closely it is tied to the international economy. Appropo to the point of the Times story, terrorists use the instruments and opportunities of international finance that where pioneered by states and corporations. The broad story she tells is that terrorism was often initiated by states as part of counter-insurgency plans; she begins with French and US activities in Vietnam, skims through Central America, Columbia, and Afgahnistan. The techniques developed and disseminated by these were appropriated and "privatized", and eventually developed and linked in a "new economy of terror." This includes investments in normal business enterprises as well as money-laundering and trafficking in drugs and arms. In some regions, the terrorist groups have established "state shells" which imitate some aspects of states in their monopoly on violence and control of the economy, often including the provision of social services to the population.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Loretta Napoleoni's Modern Jihad isn't just another discussion of Islam or 9/11: it is an informed and informative financial probe of the roots of terror networks, tracing the dollars behind them and how terrorism is funded. From the creation of illegal organizations and subverted international economic systems; to trafficing money to terrorist groups; to smuggling, Modern Jihad is quite a different take on global terrorism and is strongly recommended as a mainstay addition to any serious collection on contemporary terrorism.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Igoe on September 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I heard the author lecture at a bookstore in lower Manhattan, and although I initially hesitated buying her book - the beginning of her lecture began too "soft" - I later broached harder economic questions, which she deftly answered. Impressed, or at least positively engaged, I bought the book. I'm finding it well written and well researched, and I'm surprised that it weaves together much common, but fragmented, knowledge into a cohesive review of terrorist financing, without the partiality common to politically/ideologically oriented analyses.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By paul on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I generally do not write reviews, but I decided to do it because Loretta Napoleoni book is one of the fews I have read recently which offer a global explanation of what is happening. I know the Middle East well and can say that her facts are accurate. She also writes beatifully, I could not put down the book.
i reccomend this book to those who want to find answers to the many questions of our complex world.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Loretta Napoleoni is a brilliant writer and thinker. Her knowledge of history and finance is encylopaedic.

She is true to her mission of not falling into the "trap of politics" and stays with the global economic analysis.
Brilliant analyses and brilliant syntheses.
If her suggested solution is simple, it is not simplistic. It is perhaps impossible because it appears that our economy is too dependent on the illicit economies--money laundering, drug money, arms deals, and so on.
It is a shame that there is not more interest in this book.
I feel like buying it for everyone I know.
If you get bogged down, start speed reading--you will quickly come to numerous passages that will be as revelations, and you will want to read them twice.
As a previous reviewer commented-it's the global aspect of this book that makes it significant.
The section on our government's conniving with the Taliban for the oil, as well as the explanation of the situation in Chechyna, even if it may be too quick and dirty for the scholarly, makes an excellent starting point for those of us who are in the dark.
I found much of it to be an astonishing revelation
Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By michael on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
this is a masterpiece, it is a honest look at 50 years of history. I recomment it to everybody, especially to those one who do not know so much about our involvement in wars by proxy and terror sponsor in the war. I know a lot about the Middle East and I can say that Loretta Napoleoni Book is
excellent, well written and extremely well researched. It is well above the average production of books on terrorism which has flooded out bookshops since 9 11.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Greenwood on May 14, 2004
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On April 19, 1995, I was making photocopies of an article I had written about AIDS research as a science writer at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. As I stood at the copier, rereading my story on the advances made in fighting the plague of the century, I heard what sounded to me like someone slamming a door.
"Who the hell slammed that door?" I yelled from the copy room.
Soon I became painfully aware that a door had not been slammed in my office, but an entire office building had been brought down a few blocks away by terrorists. A different kind of plague erupted in my city and, like the first few cases of AIDS, an attempt to treat the symptoms was ultimately defeated until the true cause was discovered. Only now has the true cause of the viral nature of the world terrorist economy been reported.
The seeds of discontent with the ruling class, governments or even an autocratic boss have, since humans became "civilized", served as impetus for the disgruntled, disaffected and even psychotic to lash out with acts of terrorism. But acts of terrorism cost money. They are organizations with payrolls, "benefits" and material needs. Terrorists need dollars, and stopping the flow of dollars to the balaclava-clad "revolutionaries" could effectively end large-scale terrorism. Unfortunately, it could also send the world economy into a spiral of depression and even collapse.
Dr. Loretta Napoleoni sheds light on the global "economy of terror" in Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks (Pluto Press, October 2003, $24.95). In this well-researched, painstakingly-footnoted book, Italian economist and author Napoleoni identifies a $1.
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Loretta Napoleoni's first book, the bestselling Terror Inc: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism, has been translated into twelve languages; her second, Insurgent Iraq was an early look at the growing insurgency led by al-Zarqawi (and came out just as American media and government were recognizing his power). Napoleoni holds an MA in international relations and economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in terrorism from the London School of Economics. For her work as a consultant for the commodities markets, she met often with officials of many Middle Eastern nations. Her latest book is Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality (Seven Stories Press).