How Did This Happen?: Terrorism And The New War Paperback – Dec 10 2001
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"A thorough, accessible and highly balanced primer, which should raise the quality of the ongoing debate." -- Peter Gizewski, Toronto Globe and Mail, February 16, 2002.
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Overall my only real complaint with the book is that there were a few errors here and there, but they are due to the quick publishing date of the book and do not take away much from the points. Also reading a book with a new author per chapter you do not have a consistent writing style but the editors did a good job in that the wide range of authors is not a detriment to the flow of the book. I assumption is that the test of some was edited with a heavy hand to provide the consistent writing style. Overall the book is an interesting look at the causes of the 9-11 attacks and well worth reading.
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.
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Goodwill
Those who carefully read this book will also be better prepared to understand what has yet to occur, not only in the United States but throughout the world.
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Let's see. Contributors to this collection include: Bill Clinton's secretary of defense; Bill Clinton's national security advisor; a raft of folks from Bill Clinton's National... Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Andrew S. Rogers
This is an extraordinary collection, conventional wisdom at its very best, and would have to be considered a fundamental and useful reference. Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by Robert David STEELE Vivas
Hoge and Rose are the editor and managing editor, respectively, of Foreign Affairs. The title asks the question, referring to 9/11, and the various essays in the book collectively... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Emil L. Posey
If it comes from "Foreign Affairs" you know the writing is informed, intelligenct, and thought provoking. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2002 by Jaime L.
How is it that former deputy security advisor Sandy Berger rates as an authority on how 9/11 happened? Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2002 by Rich Leonardi
As usualy, the editors of Foreign Affaris have published timely and trenchant analysis. The essays cover all aspects of 9/11, from root causes to practical concerns regarding the... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002 by Jon Vedamuthu
Many would and do say that it is easy to see how this could happen, meaning the attacks were in fact low down and low tech, hitting us at our vulnerable spot, our freedom. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001 by Darvel Medford
For an instant book this is a very solid piece of work, certainly the best single place to start trying to understand September 11. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001
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