The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.42 X 1.16 X 9.51 inches | 1.47 pounds
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About the Author
Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is a PhD candidate at Princeton University and the Michael Hastings National Security Fellow at BuzzFeed. A frequent guest on NPR, he has contributed essays to the New York Times. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Gripping and insightful.
Johnsen... has produced the first comprehensive history of the al Qaeda movement [in Yemen]: an engrossing account of the operations, personalities, and motivations that have caused the US such headaches.
The Last Refuge offers a valuable look at al-Qaeda's operational history in Yemen. Gregory Johnsen has done us all a service by explaining the country, the threats, and why we should pay attention.--Ali H. Soufan, author of The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda
The Last Refuge is an authoritative and deftly written account of al-Qaeda's Yemeni incarnation. The book is dense with terrorist genealogies, but it also offers a lively portrait of the American government's stumbling efforts to understand and influence a profoundly alien culture. His account, starting in the 1980s, implicitly places Yemen near the center of the global jihadi movement; it may not be where al-Qaeda started, but it has always furnished many of the movement's foot soldiers, and it has now succeeded Afghanistan as the US government's most urgent concern about counterterrorism.--Robert R. Worth