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War on Terror

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The list author says: "The events of September 11, 2001 got the whole world's attention like nothing since the moon landing. Now that the War on Terror is in full swing a number of substantial tomes have been issued for those wanting to know how we arrived at this juncture. Here are a few which will give you a new perspective on that fateful day which changed the world forever, and the events that followed."
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
"Essential reading. Gives fascinating insights into the character of Bin Laden and tells the story of the brilliant but flawed man who attempted to stop him from achieving his goal, FBI agent John O'Neill."
Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam
Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam
"Scholarly investigation into the now global phenomenon of Al Qaeda  by a young British journalist. Describes what AQ has evolved into post 9/11 and most importantly dispels a lot of myths about this infamous organisation."
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
"Superb account on why the Iraqi conflict was misconceived, badly planned and poorly executed. A savage indictment of the hawks in the Bush administration."
Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
"Exhaustive account of the whys and wherefores of the Iraqi conflict. Highly critical of Wolfowitz, Cheney and Rumsfeld - who pushed for the invasion of Iraq at all costs."
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
"The story of how the US govt responded to 9/11 from the unique perspective of the highly-placed counterterrorism expert who served three administrations."
The Commanders
The Commanders
"Where it all began. Fascinating insight into the first Gulf conflict. Unique perspectives of Bush Sr's administration and how the various personalities influenced the decision to go to war."
The Forever War
The Forever War
"A truly haunting work that will go down with Michael Herr's Dispatches and Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down as one of the great works of war reportage. Contains penetrating insights into the prevailing conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan."