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The main problem with this book is how the author reads it. She...reads...so...slowly...that...it's...very...painful...to...listen. It's a five disc book that could easily fit on four if she only spoke like most of us do. She sounds a lot like Sarah Vowel without the sarcasm. That said, it's an interesting book. At the outset Dr. Stern says that she will be examining religious terrorists from the three major monotheistic religions. While she talks briefly with an American Christian terrorist at the beginning of the book and spends a little bit of time with some Israeli Jewish terrorists, the bulk of the book deals with Islamic terrorists. She goes right to the source and interviews people in Pakistan, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. Quite chilling to find that there are so very many people who have no qualms about killing in the name of their God. If you can get through the plodding reading, I'd recommend it.
This book may be good, but the author reads in the most annoying voice. It had potential, but I'll wait until I have time to look at it in print. I couldn't listen past the first CD.
Now I really likes this book. I would buy it. The history of the middle east is really interesting to me. I liked the woman's point of view. Why don't you see any woman on TV? There is a reason.
I also thought that this book was going to be very captivating; because of the content, but boy was I wrong. She structured this book as if it was a term paper. She is short of establishing a thesis and then explaining her sources.....my god, why would anybody agree to publish this book. She speaks very slooooowly and very monotone. She probably thinks that people would have a hard time following a normal conversation. The content and the topic is great...the insight and interviews she conducted, awsome...but please get someone else to read it.
I rented this book expecting to learn something more in-depth about the topic... and I think I might have if I hadn't had to stop listening midway through disc one. The author is also the reader and, in this case, it didn't work for me. Her voice is small and monotone. I found my mind wandering constantly because I had to work so hard to listen to her. About the content, though: I think I may rent this book in hard copy from the library. She conducted interesting interviews with terrorists and has a way with words.
Jessica Stern lectures on terrorism at Harvard University and is a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. She holds a doctorate in public policy from Harvard. She served as a staff member of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. A 2009-2010 Guggenheim Fellow, she was selected by Time magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas "will change the world." Stern is the author of the "New York Times" Notable Book "Terror in the Name of God" and "The Ultimate Terrorists". She lives with her husband and son in Massachu