Published two years ago as Modern Jihad in a British edition from Pluto Press, this first full U.S. release adds a chapter on globalization and a new preface to what is perhaps the most systematic treatment in print of how terror is financed. Journalist Napoleoni has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and she traces 50 years of Western economic and political dominance in developing Muslim countries: backing repressive, corrupt regimes, fighting the Cold War by proxy and blocking the legitimate economic ascendancy of millions of people. In sometimes riveting, sometimes pedantic prose, Napoleoni weaves interviews and first-person accounts of her encounters with terrorists with a fascinating close analysis of the connections among drug cartels, gunrunners and major Western economies in the network of financing for terror organizations: "billions of dollars generated by narcotics are laundered in the United States; between 30 and 40 percent enter the US economy, while the rest is pumped into the international illegal economy"—to the tune of $1.5 trillion a year. Avoiding the sometimes inflammatory political and religious rhetoric that characterizes many of the debates about terrorism, Napoleoni offers a sobering look at its economic roots. Agents, Roberta Oliva and Daniela Ogliari.(Apr. 20)
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"Penetrating, lucid and essential." —Harry Porter, author of Empire State
"Napoleoni has accomplished an extraordinary task of research in tracking, finding, and graphically describing the financiers and the institutions supporting global terrorism, including al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden." —John K. Cooley, author of Unholy Wars
"This thoughtful and incisive inquiry yields much insight into some of the most important issues of today, and tomorrow." —Noam Chomsky
"A masterpiece … This book should be required reading for everyone in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon." —Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and The Jokers Wild: Dubyas Trick Deck playing cards
Although the writing is at times slightly disjointed, Napoleoni manages to deliver a book that is both compelling and very detailedPublished 24 days ago by Daniel
Very authoritative and proving a true indicator
Not to read if you are looking to relax!