From Publishers Weekly
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"Riedel manages to distill the essence of al Qaeda in just 150 pages."— New York Times Book Review
"Riedel's argument in favor of greater U.S. involvement in the Arab-Israeli peace process is persuasive, and his prescriptions are well-evidenced, unfailingly sound, and refreshingly sensible."— Publishers Weekly
" The Search for al Qaeda is in parts alarming and in parts reassuring.... In a literature tending towards either the blithe or the fatalistic, Riedel's book stands out."— Financial Times
""[Riedel] understands al Qaeda for what it is: a set of highly effective leaders who have created a compelling narrative (based partly on American missteps in the Muslim world) and a remarkably resilient organizational structure that seduces a small group of young Muslims to destroy in a highly strategic manner."—Eboo Patel, Washington Post "On Faith"
"Provides several sensible recommendations, such as making a renewed effort to settle the festering disputes over Palestine and Kashmir."— The Economist
"The useful information, wide-ranging knowledge, and important insight within this short book are extremely impressive. A reader cannot help thinking that U.S. leaders were well-served by Riedel's analysis throughout his years in government (even in cases where it was not heeded)."— Parameters