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Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe by [Malcolm Nance, Richard Engel]
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Editorial Reviews


“I really think the [2016 Presidential] candidates ought to read this.... You should buy this book.”
—RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

“A comprehensive, authoritative, and detailed compendium on the Islamic State (ISIS).”
Perspectives on Terrorism

“In his detailed and informed study Nance argues that, in effect, America's War on Terror created a new breed of vicious terrorists who wear the mask of Islam like actors in a Kabuki theatre while carrying out horrifically un-Islamic acts.”
—RICHARD ENGEL, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News, from his foreword

“Malcolm Nance lays out a plan to take the war to ISIS while still denying the jihadists the mass battle they crave. Expect him to join the "American crusaders" featured in Dabiq soon!”
—DOUGLAS OLLIVANT, Senior National Security Studies Fellow at the New America Foundation

Praise for Malcolm Nance and his work:

“I keep Malcolm's book at my bedside table.”
—RACHEL MADDOW, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC

“A new and updated edition of Malcolm Nance’s detailed and insightful book, The Terrorists of Iraq, Second Edition, is most welcome news…. He knows the players, their vicious infighting, and their brutal methods like few others. To read his analysis is to understand the make-up and the real threat posed by these latest claimants to forming a Caliphate in these divided lands.”
—Peter Earnst, founding Executive Director of the International Spy Museum and a 35-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

“If you took every member of United States Congress and House of Representatives and wrote their collected wisdom on Iraq, it's unlikely they could equal the astuteness of even a single chapter of author Malcolm W. Nance in The Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency 2003-2014. It's Nance’s overwhelming real-world experiential knowledge of the subject, language, culture, tribal affiliations, and more which make this the overwhelming definitive book on the subject.”
—Book review by Ben Rothke, Information Security Professional, writing on

"The second edition of The Terrorists of Iraq comes at a critical time when the world is trying to understand ISIS, its origins, and its place among multiple actors in Iraq. This book is instantly the definitive source on ISIS and Nance demonstrations the often forgotten fact that ISIS has been there all along, evolving with the shifting dynamics in the theater of battle, within the insurgency and in the region. The Terrorists of Iraq remains an essential and well-researched guide for anyone interested in understanding or addressing this horrific period in global history."
—Adam Hinds, former political advisor, United Nations Iraq

“Mandatory reading for personal survival and national security?from the battlefields to the halls of Congress.”
—Jay R. Stanka, Managing Editor HUMANI Magazine and U.S. Army Special Forces veteran

“[The Terrorists of Iraq] is easy to read, vivid, and offers enormous precious experience and empirical data which make it attractive to policy-makers, scholars, and students.”
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression

“[The Terrorist Recognition Handbook provides a comprehensive and detailed treatment of terrorism and counter-terrorism. Divided into six parts, the chapters cover topics such as understanding terrorism in all its manifestations, and the components of counter-terrorism. The appendices include a bibliography, a listing of terrorist groups, and a checklist of explosive components and their ingredients. The author is a consultant on counterterrorism and a retired military intelligence officer.
—Book review by Dr. Joshua Sinai appearing in Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2014 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Defeating ISIS:
Malcolm Nance understands you can t kill an ideology with bombs and bullets and that, as we move from tactics to strategies, our narrative is crucial for the disengagement of the lost souls seeking identity. Mark Fallon, former deputy commander of the Defense Department s Criminal Investigation Task Force

ISIS must be stopped at all costs, and the first step toward that goal is to identify who they are, where they are, and how they fight. . . . I ve survived their suicide bomb attacks; I ve seen their defeats. Here, I ve set out to show how ISIS s street-level tactics led to their rapid victories, as well as the strategies and tactics that will demonstrate how badly they can lose. From the introduction
This book, the culmination of ten years of dedicated counterterrorism research, provides a practical plan for victory against ISIS. Malcolm Nancean intelligence and security contractor, trainer, and practitioneranalyzes all aspects of the deadly terrorist group:
Internal organization
" --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Publication Date : March 8, 2016
  • File Size : 16604 KB
  • Print Length : 546 pages
  • Publisher : Skyhorse; Reprint Edition (March 8, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 141 ratings