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The Next Wave: On the Hunt for Al Qaeda's American Recruits Hardcover – June 21, 2011

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“An absolutely compelling case that we haven't seen the end of terrorism in this country. In a gripping narrative,  Herridge tells how it was only by sheer luck we sidestepped al Qaeda's "second wave" - and we'll need all the more of it not to be hit by the next.” – Bob Baer, New York Times bestselling author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil
"The only thing more disturbing than al Qaeda's efforts to recruit U.S. citizens to harm America is its success at doing so. Expertly investigated, The Next Wave delivers a powerfully written, fresh look at homegrown terrorism in its most insidious form – and gives every reason to believe that the question is not whether an attack will occur, but when."
- The Honorable Tom Ridge
“Catherine Herridge has written a book that, from start to finish, grabs the reader.  It is a fabulous look into her complex world that contains detailed observations and shocking revelations.  Woven into the back story is the harsh reality of U.S. government incompetence, cover-up and deception – all focused on self-serving bureaucratic ass-covering that continues to endanger the well being of the American people.  She is able to provide a dire forecast – a storm warning if you will – of the next generation of Muslim extremism and how they are evolving and adapting to the 21st century.  Her work should be read – and internalized – by anyone who wants to learn how we must improve U.S. national security, counterterrorism and intelligence collection. Herridge's investigation of al Qaeda 2.0 reads like a novel.  Herridge comes from a military family -- so her reporting on national security issues is deeply personal. The Next Wave is an action adventure -- like a "mission impossible" military mom.”
—Tony Shaffer, LtCol (USAR), bestselling author of Operation DARK HEART, and Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies
"Even before Osama bin Laden's death, al Qa'ida had shown itself to be an organization as adaptable as it was deadly.  With their plots frustrated at one level, they have adjusted their approach.  Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave chronicles that adjustment--including more AQ reliance on the self radicalized, home grown, lower threshold threat--and challenges us to adapt as quickly and as well as our murderous adversary.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand where this war is going and what we need to do to win it."
--General Michael Hayden, former director CIA and NSA

“Written with no-nonsense clarity, moral rigor and hard-earned expertise, The Next Wave is a landmark in investigative journalism.  This book by our most-relentless reporter on national security reveals in sharp detail how Washington's infighting, political correctness and outright duplicity enable home-grown Islamist terrorists to attack Americans--by turning our own freedoms and laws against us.  Fierce, first-rate and frightening.”
Ralph Peters, former U.S. Army intelligence officer and author of Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization.
"This is a must read for every American. The domestic terrorist threat is real! America's response has been disappointing. Explore the world of the growing and evolving danger of homegrown terrorism in this compelling analysis." - Congressman Pete Hoekstra -- Chairman/Ranking member House Intelligence Committee (2004 - 2011)
“Catherine Herridge is quite simply the best national security reporter on television today.  She breaks news, and tracks down stories before the mainstream media – and even the U.S. government – know about them.  If you want the inside story of how an American Muslim cleric became al Qaeda’s  top recruiter and propagandist, and the growing danger posed by cadre of traitors – al Qaeda’s American recruits – you must read this book.” – Marc Thiessen

“Catherine Herridge's The Next Wave is a desperately needed antidote to the soothing, politically correct, but ultimately lethal pabulum about militant Islamism fed to Americans by leaders in both parties and their academic and mainstream-media acolytes. Ms. Herridge's investigatory reporting details the growing appeal of bin Laden's call to jihad among young U.S.-citizen Muslim males, as well as the damage they already have done in America due to a lack of focused, enduring attention from government and law-enforcement officials at all levels, men and women who fear a backlash from bin Laden's able, if unthinking abettors in U.S.-based Muslim advocacy groups, the ACLU, and other champions of multiculturalism. Ms. Herridge's The Next Wave makes clear that a front in the war America is fighting overseas against Islamist militancy is well established in the United States, that it is growing and attracting intelligent fighters, and that it intends widespread violence in our cities and towns.” –Michael Scheuer, author of Osama bin Laden and Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University 

About the Author

From Guantánamo to Afghanistan, Fox News national correspondent Catherine Herridge has looked the world’s worst terrorists in the face. A “reporter’s reporter,” she and her investigative team spent years scouring the United States and the world to uncover the shocking secrets of the next wave.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307885259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307885258
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FOx TV reporter Herridge wrote this book after following the 9/11 and Quantanamo Bay courts.
Her message in this book is that the home-grown terrorism is here to stay. It is not just the past, or the present, but we need to realize that it is also in our future. It has not disappeared. It is here to stay.
YOu won't be able to recognize these terrorists because they will speak your own language and look like you, and they will live among us and act just like any of us living in the same neighborhood.
The author has done a survey of prominent/attempted terrorist attacks within the United States and around the world in the past decade. These cases include the underwear bomber and the Fort Hood-shooter.
She also connects some of her cases to Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born imam who had contact with three of the 9/11 hi-jackers. The author also discusses of the ability of the current Obama administration to understand and to capture the terrorists and how they are "desperate to assimilate, ignore, or redefine the radical Islamic jihadist".

She has based most of her cases before Osama was captured and killed, and therefore, this book does not have any comment about that incident.
She does not comment about the current war against terrorism, but rather goes through the cases and what she has learned through her contacts in television and goverment.

You might expect more of this book, but all in all, it is a good account of the past decade's terrorist cases with the survey. The comments and conclusions are of course colored by the author's background in television and her access to courtrooms where the terrorist have been in trial.

It might be interesting to see if this author will write another book of the similar topic later on.
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A treasure trove of details. I found the book to be very insightful. The scenes in the Gitmo courtroom are absolutely chilling. Every US citizen should know of KSM and his protege's black hearts as seen in their behavior on display during these trials. In addition, the American Cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki is equally unsettling. His travels, connections to many different terrorists, and the govt. treatment was frightening. This thug is another Bin Laden in the making. The author has done exhaustive work in creating this book and I applaud her. Short, but well worth the read.
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Wonderfully written ! While full of information you wish you didn't need to know, the author carries you along without a struggle. Because of the informational content I hate to admit it was a good read. It should be required reading for all Americans. I could not put it down! Congrats to a new author.
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I highly recommend this book. Catherine Herridge has written a concise and easily understandable book on what can sometimes be an overwhelming subject. She connects the dots of past terrorism attempts, and leads the reader through the maze of intelligence information that points to the next wave of radicalism.

The facts are delivered in a straightforward manner while the "investigative reporter" narrative keeps the story moving.
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"The Next Wave" is one of
the most compelling true personal stories and analyses of our current
terrorist threat I've ever read- it is both deeply disturbing and
very informative.
It was written by Catherine Herridge, Fox News terrorist reporter. She also happens to be the wife of a USAF
Major (and West Point grad) with a considerable amount of time in special ops. Not only that, she is the mother of two
small children.
What's amazing about her book is how much we don't know
about home grown jihadists, and how much goes unreported, and thus keeps the public uniformed. Read this, and yo will be informed.
She focuses a lot on American born terrorist mastermind Anwar
al-Awlaki, and how the govt. has been repeatedly negligent in allowing him freedom to move
about the U.S.- one time detaining him at JFK for 3 hrs. only to be let
go for unclear reasons by the FBI, even though there was an arrest
warrant out for him.
Some interesting info on al-Awlaki: although born in the U.S. and
raised here until the age of 7, he returned to his father's home
country, Yemen. 7 years later he went to the U.S. embassy in Sana'a and
applied for a visa as a foreign student and got an application to
receive a $20,000 education grant from the State Dept. This was the
first of his frauds- and the first evidence of what would be a series of
massive screwups with the U.S. govt., including overlooking his close
association of 3 of the 9/11 hijackers; and, the fact that this Imam of
puritanism was arrested twice for picking up prostitutes and once for
loitering around a Middle school.
Catherine has some astounding sources, both within the intelligence
and the Muslim communities.
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When reading Catherine Herridge's smashing investigative work on terrorism, "The Next Wave", the lyrics from Jimmy Buffet's "Trouble on the Horizon" immediately came to mind. Indeed, "we got trouble, trouble right here in River City" with a lot more to come. "The Next Wave" is a chilling autopsy of homegrown evil doers threatening the personal safety and security of Americans!

Herridge artfully provides insight into developing sources, nailing down facts, and collecting information. She underscores the value of open source intelligence concordant with critical thinking and real investigative journalism. There is no political flummery concerning terrorism's inroads into the U.S. Herridge is all business, straight to the point, and springs a narrative with the force of a titanium-bear trap.

Herridge lives up to her nickname as the "Terror Pixie" - a very respectful well earned moniker given to Herridge by those who have come to admire her persistence, tenacious professionalism, and sheer guts. In her work, she lays bare the insider threat to American's existence (let alone America's survival as a super power) from within at the hands of home grown evil doers. Herridge serves up a diabolical landscape of DC infighting, political correctness, duplicity, and warmed-over-interagency intrigue.

Fathom the hypocrisy of a government allowing one of the worst-of-the-worst-Islamic terrorists to enter and depart the US unimpeded to do more evil. Herridge will have you being peeled off the ceiling as she describes in vivid detail the machinations of FBI Special Agent Wade Ammerman who gives Anwar al Awlaki free rein to re-enter the United States.
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