Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the by Jared Cohen

By Jared Cohen

Defying international govt orders and interviewing terrorists nose to nose, a tender American excursions opposed lands to profit approximately center jap formative years? and uncovers a tradition that defies each stereotype.

In 2004, Jared Cohen launched into the 1st of a chain of really good trips to the center East for you to comprehend the unfold of radical Islamist violence between Muslim adolescence. the result's Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes a lot deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

Chosen as considered one of Kirkus Review?s top Books of 2007, Cohen?s account starts in Lebanon, the place he interviews Hezbollah contributors at, of all areas, a McDonald?s. In Iran, he defies govt threats and sneaks into underground events, the place bootleg liquor, Western track, and the web are all effortless to entry. His dicy itinerary additionally takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and different front-line locales. At every one flip, he observes a tradition at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and bold, Children of Jihad indicates us the longer term during the eyes of these who're shaping it.

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Students sat in scattered circular formations throughout the grass courtyards of the university. Other students crowded onto the stairs of buildings, perfectly situated for optimal people watching. Tired of sightseeing and eager to speak with students, I turned to enter the first building I saw. It was a three-story cement structure decorated with elaborate columns in front and preceded by a large staircase. On the front face of the building hung imposing portraits of both Iran’s spiritual leader, Ali Khamanei, and the hero of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini.

The escort had sold me out. I knew it. Or rather, I should have known it. He kept chiming in with tidbits of detail about what I had told him. Each time he did this, I turned with a look of disgust. I had been in the country for less than twenty-four hours and already I was being threatened with prison and a report to the Ministry of Intelligence. I had expected things to be difficult in Iran, but I’d thought trouble would at least wait for me to get over my jet lag. I quietly acquiesced and I think he felt as though his final point had struck a nerve.

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