Part modern history, part explanatory narrative... Johnson moves deftly between decades, continents and languages.... The Last Refuge is a cogent insight into what the U.S. has done in the past twenty-five years--a bird's-eye-view on those successes and failures, in all their shades of horrid gray... --Haley Sweetland Edwards
Gregory Johnsen has written a break-through book on one of the most under-reported and misunderstood stories of the post 9-11 era. Penned in gripping prose and with incredible attention to detail, The Last Refuge unfolds with the pace of an action novel. But this story is all too true. If we ignore the widening covert war in Yemen and fail to learn from its complicated history, we do so at our own peril. Years from now, Johnsen will be seen as one of the few who got it right. --Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army"
Gregory Johnsen, an authority on Yemen and jihadist extremists, has delivered in The Last Refuge a wonderfully well written and deeply reported account of the only al-Qaeda affiliate that continues to pose a real threat to the West. --Peter L. Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Osama bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad"
The Last Refuge offers a valuable look at al-Qaeda s operational history in Yemen. Gregory Johnsen has done us all a service by explaining the country, the threats, and why we should pay attention. --Ali H. Soufan, author of The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda"
Johnsen... has produced the first comprehensive history of the al Qaeda movement [in Yemen]: an engrossing account of the operations, personalities, and motivations that have caused the US such headaches. "
Gregory Johnsen has written the best new book on al Qaeda in 2012 and the best book on Yemen in years.... The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al Qaeda and America s War in Arabia is a detailed narrative account of the development of [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula]. It is also a great read... --Bruce Riedel"
The Last Refuge is an authoritative and deftly written account of al-Qaeda s Yemeni incarnation. The book is dense with terrorist genealogies, but it also offers a lively portrait of the American government s stumbling efforts to understand and influence a profoundly alien culture. His account, starting in the 1980s, implicitly places Yemen near the center of the global jihadi movement; it may not be where al-Qaeda started, but it has always furnished many of the movement s foot soldiers, and it has now succeeded Afghanistan as the US government s most urgent concern about counterterrorism. --Robert R. Worth"
Gripping and insightful. "
Part modern history, part explanatory narrative Johnson moves deftly between decades, continents and languages.... The Last Refuge is a cogent insight into what the U.S. has done in the past twenty-five years a bird s-eye-view on those successes and failures, in all their shades of horrid gray... --Haley Sweetland Edwards"