By Patrick Cockburn
From the award-winning writer of The upward thrust of Islamic State, the fundamental tale of the center East’s disintegration
The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s heart East and the devastating position the West has performed within the area from 2001 to the current. starting with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the titanic geopolitical fight that's the Sunni–Shia clash, a conflict that shapes the struggle on terror, western army interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the autumn of local dictators, and the increase of Islamic State.
As Cockburn exhibits in arresting aspect, Islamic country didn't explode into lifestyles in Syria within the wake of the Arab Spring, as traditional knowledge could have it. The association gestated over a number of years in occupied Iraq, ahead of turning out to be to the purpose the place it might threaten the soundness of the entire sector. Cockburn was once the 1st Western journalist to warn of the hazards posed via Islamic country. His originality and breadth of imaginative and prescient make The Age of Jihad the main in-depth research of the nearby obstacle within the heart East to date.
“Patrick Cockburn noticed the emergence of ISIS a lot previous to anyone else and wrote approximately it with a intensity of figuring out that was once simply in a league of its personal. not anyone else used to be writing that stuff at the moment, and the judges questioned even if the govt may still give some thought to pensioning off the total of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn as a substitute. The breadth of his wisdom and his skill make connections is phenomenal.”
—Judges of the overseas Affairs Journalist of the 12 months Award 2014
“Quite easily, the simplest Western journalist at paintings within the center East today.”
—Seymour M. Hersh
“One of the simplest proficient on-the-ground newshounds. He was once in most cases right on Iraq.”
—Sidney Blumenthal, in an electronic mail to Hillary Clinton
“A compelling sequence of dispatches from a journalist who has discovered the demanding golden rule in Iraq: ‘to forecast the worst attainable outcome.’”