With such an indispensable question asked of this book's title, the book never reaches it to that indispensable mark. It certainly hits all around the dartboard like a late night drunk randomly firing darts in his favorite corner bar at three in the morning. But to answer a question like "How did this happen (9/11?" we need a stone cold sober dart champion focused and singular firing bull's eye after bull's eye.
Here's what I mean, in the same book we get disparate articles on "The Biological Threat From Abroad," by Richard Butler, "What's next for U.S. Armed Forces," by Gen Wesley Clark, and "American Society Responds to the New War," by Alan Wolfe; none of which go towards answering the question that continues to burn in the minds of free people across the world, "How did this happen?" or more succinctly "Why?"
Give credit where it is due to the editors of Foreign Affairs (one of my favorite journals) for assembling such a powerhouse of national policy experts writing about the topics they know best, but to unroot the causes of Islamic extremist one book alone won't cut it. Delve much deeper than what this book has to offer. Check out some of the assembled suggested reading listmania lists here on "Amazon.com" and start digging in. I've read about 10 books on the subject to date and feel like I have ten more to go to scratch at some sort of understanding.
What we need to here from is from inside the Maddrassas that ingrain a hatred of the West from an early age. These schools are all over Pakistan and dotted about the Middle East. If we can get at why these children are taught to hate and are hijacking a peaceful beautiful religion maybe we can get closer to answering the question, "How did this happen?"
Read this book to hear how the leaders in their respective fields view the terrorist problem and what is to be done all from a US perspective, but don't buy into the preconception that it will answer the question published on the title.