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Study of Revenge: The First World Trade Center Attack and Saddam Hussein's War against America [Hardcover]

Laurie Mylroie
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October 8, 2001 0844741698 978-0844741697 2nd Edition
The new terrorism is nothing other than old-fashioned, state-sponsored terrorism in a new disguise.

Editorial Reviews


"...argues powerfully that the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was actually an agent of Iraqi intelligence." -- Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense

Mylroie's book, Study of Revenge, is one of the most comprehensive and best-researched reviews of the bombing investigation. -- James M. Fox, Former Director, New York FBI Office

About the Author

Laurie Mylroie, publisher of the online newsletter Iraq News, is an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. and has taught at Harvard University and the U.S. Naval War College. She is the coauthor, with Judith Miller, of the New York Times number-one bestseller Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press; 2nd Edition edition (October 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844741698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844741697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,004,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up America ! January 2, 2001
Mylroie does a tremendous job of systematically documenting the efforts of Saddam to resume his, "mother of all wars" against the U.S.through his role in masterminding the world trade center bombing. Her plea for Americans to consider the broader national security implications of 'isolated' or 'unrelated' acts of violence in this nation should be considered with even greater seriousness as another Bush takes the helm. She has broken fertile ground in urging us to exhaust all possible legal and investigative avenues in protecting citizens from acts of mass violence and destruction. Thorough explanation and description characterizes her outstanding style of narration. This is a must read work for mideast, international relations or comparative political studies.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" on State-Sponsored Terrorism October 26, 2001
Iraq expert, Dr. Laurie Mylroie, presents a compelling case linking Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi regime to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Through painstaking and thorough research, Dr. Mylroie outlines the evidence and raises serious questions concerning the Clinton Administration's Iraq policy.
Her study also highlights the broader issue of US approaches to terrorism in general and state sponsored terrorism in particular.
This study has profound implications for US threat assessment in the post-September 11, 2001 environment.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stark Revelations November 24, 2000
Laurie Mylroie's amazingly lengthy and detailed research documentary of the real reason for the attempt to kill 250,000 people points squarely to Saddam Hussein. The American justice system, geared to appease Saddam as part of the current Administration's support structure for the status quo, represented in court that Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind, had fled to Afghanistan, when according to his plane ticket, he had gone to a pro-Iraqi haven. This immense book breaks the assumption of ignorance of the American public.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loose network with a common thread? February 5, 2002
Having read the diverse reviews of this book I'm further convinced that every one has an opinion, just like a certain part of the human anatomy. After reading this very interesting book I came away further convinced of the current danger, future threat and just how far Hussein may go to avenge his defeat in the Gulf War. Before the horrifying events of 9/11 this book was released under the titile "Study of Revenge." That is exactly the point Laurie Mylroie goes to extensive research to try and prove. The fact is she can't exactly pin Hussein down but she presents a credible case. Considering the CIA, Feds and Government have the same suspicions but haven't been able to prove it either, Mylroie ties some loose ends together for the reader to be the judge. One of the interesting parts of the book is how the various agencies seem to be their own worst enemy, each withholding information from one another instead of sharing for the common good. The information presented concerning the first WTC bombing is a fascinating study about an International conspiracy that quite possibly needed the intelligence of state sponsorship since some of these characters are little more than petty criminals prior to the bombing. Her point is that Hussein is able to discreetly sponsor without direct state involvement, thus placing any fingerprints on the dupes who carried out the actions. The information is presented complete with court documents, photographs and text from the trial of those responsible for the WTC bombing in 1993. The book is easy enough to follow, with a 2 year chronology of related events and a list of characters involved, including a mystery man who arrives to supervise the final stages of the bombing. Could this have been a member of Iraqi intelligence? Read more ›
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know what we knew before sept 11? March 12, 2003
This book lays out step-by-step the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. There is a good attempt to link Al Qeada to Saddam Hussein. This book is prophetic considering it is written prior to Sept. 11 attack on the WTC. Considering many still have not grasped the state sponsorship aspect of terrorism, this book is a must read.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Central to current events October 25, 2002
I liked this book so much, I started a discussion list about it (Iraq911 at I think it ought to be read in conjunction with Simon Reeve's THE NEW JACKALS, which contains a biography of Ramzi Yousef, the 1993 World Trade Center bomber. Mylroie argues that Yousef is an Iraqi agent, and that Reeve has fallen for his cover story. I'm not quite persuaded, but she does make a good circumstantial case for Iraqi sponsorship of the original attack.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but Interesting December 4, 2001
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Mylroie's book is flawed but nonetheless interesting. Her analysis of the first attack on the WTC is somewhat unconventional, and raises some interesting facts, like one of the plotters currently lives in Baghdad. Nonetheless the author fails to deliver real proof that Iraq was behind the bombing. She spends a lot of time trying to prove that Ramzi Yousef was not in fact Abdul Basit, but ultimately fails to do so. Wose she spends about 50 pages talking about Saddam's track record with UNSCOM, which detracts from the overall narrative on the bombing investigation. This book raises some important questions but ultimately comes far short of delivering proof. Could Iraq have been behind WTC bombing 1, Yes!!! Does this book prove it No!! Maybe the most interesting thing are the credits, Paul Wolfowitz is give a note of thanks, he's the Deputy SECDEF, if the author has his ear, thats important to know. Bottom line this book is long on speculation but fails to deliver a convincing, and coherent arugument to prove its thesis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I enjoyed reading this. I'm not sure if everything is 100% truth or just opinion, but I have to say that I have always believed myself that Saddam and the Iraqi gov't was in some... Read more
Published 19 months ago by TombRaider
3.0 out of 5 stars Know the Author
I have not read this book (though I did read an article published by the author that summarized the book). Read more
Published on July 9, 2008 by C. Sells
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous nuttiness
Laurie Mylroie is a well-known neo-con shill whose nutty conspiracy theories have been debunked ad infinitum by the FBI and CIA - but of course, that only adds fuel to the fire of... Read more
Published on April 7, 2007 by Buckeye
What trash! What a paranoid book! A true work of tendentious and speculative fiction disguised as an essay. Read more
Published on July 6, 2005 by Socrate
5.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling argument
In his June 24, 2004 speech at Georgetown University, former Vice President Al Gore endorsed this opinion offered by the Financial Times: "There was nothing intrinsically... Read more
Published on June 26, 2004 by K. GROENHAGEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing the incompetence of US intelligence agencies
Given the 9/11 commissions politicization, we will probably never get a true story of what really went wrong, but Mylroie was verbally abused by one of the commissioners when she... Read more
Published on May 17, 2004 by J. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Raises excellent questions to be answered...
I love history.
I was a senior in high school when "Operation Desert Storm" began on Jan 17th, 1991. Read more
Published on April 16, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Mylroie Gives the Facts
While a bit out of date, Mylroie's book gives the facts connecting Iraqi intelligence to the first World Trade Center bombing. Read more
Published on April 2, 2004 by J. DeMeo
1.0 out of 5 stars Study of Revenge
I read this book in order to get another perspective on any possible ties between al Qaeda and Iraq as the present administration has claimed. Read more
Published on January 24, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intelligence Scholarship
Using open sources, especially the testimony and evidence from the WTC '93 conspiracy trial, Dr. Mylroie presents the evidence that Ramzi Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence. Read more
Published on January 5, 2004
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