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Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It Paperback – Bargain Price, August 15, 2006
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Atta seems not to have been, despite the author's contention, an ordinary person. He seems to have been intensely, perhaps morbidly, introverted; to have been under extreme family pressures for achievement, which he did not satisfy; to have been raised in a family environment that was extremely rigid, unfriendly, cold; to have had no capacity whatever for understanding anything outside of his own extremely narrow views; and to have had no capacity to adapt socially. He was almost universally disliked, by both those who had brief exposure and those who had long-term exposure to him, with the exception of a few of his radical Islamist associates. Every prospect of change or difference forced him into an even more intense withdrawal. His will, written in 1996, shows a morbid fascination in the contemplation of his own dead body, a horror of women, and a dread of sexual humiliation (he specified that those who would have contact with his body's genital areas must wear rubber gloves).
There is an element of pathos in Jarrah's story, but not enough detail to tell a complete story. He split his time between jihadist plotting and living the high life of a foreign student in Germany and, eventually, the U.S. He engaged in a long-term and passionate romance with a Turkish/German woman who seems to have had no inkling of his murderous plans or Islamist mindset. Jarrah seems to have been a virtual split personality, or at least possessed of a level of profound ambivalence that he could not consciously acknowledge.Read more ›
McDermott paints chilling portraits of the leaders of the 19. Young and lonely Middle Easterners floundering in German colleges, their insecurities lead them to the Islamic fundamentalism preached in Hamburg mosques. Like moths drawn to a flame, they find the direction, certainty and purpose they so crave. Once immersed in the tenets of jihad, they move on to Al Qaeda's terrorist training camps in Afgahnistan. Here, they are hand-picked by Al Qaeda's leadership to go to the U.S. to train to be pilots. The rest, as they say, is history.
The question that's never really answered here is why these men did it, why they sacrificed their own lives to kill innocent civilians. Perhaps no one will ever know. Perhaps the answer is beside the point.
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Not bad but if you watch a lot of documentaries on this subject not a lot of surprises.Published 21 days ago by D. OBrien
Us parts of this with students. Although it has been ridiculed by some for its lack of academic rigor, it makes a powerful impression on the understanding of 9-11.Published 2 months ago by William Holiday
A fascinating look at the minds of the 9/11 hijackers, this in depth analysis of who they were, where they came from, and what motivated them is very deeply researched and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen Spratt
Well written - a bit too detailed at times, perhaps because the names are difficult to remember. I'm fascinated by the stories and how they all converged.Published 3 months ago by nzdee
Very impressed with the authors research regarding the Characters involved, a book definitely worth reading, I would even read it a second tyme, I give it the thumbs upPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just an excellent read! full of information on the 9-11 hijackers and how they went from college students to Islamic radical terrorists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rough Customer
The book arrived in perfect condition. Saw Mr. McDermott on a documentary about 9/11 and was interested in reading it. A very good read.Published 10 months ago by Chris