The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda


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5.58 X 8.35 X 1.23 inches | 0.96 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Bergen is the author or editor of nine books, including three New York Times bestsellers and four Washington Post best nonfiction books of the year. A Vice President at New America, Bergen is a professor at Arizona State University and a national security analyst for CNN. He has testified before congressional committees eighteen times about national security issues and has held teaching positions at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University.


"A revelatory, pull-no-punches history of the War on Terror, from before 9/11 to the present day...One of the deepest and most disturbing investigations of one of the defining issues of our era.""--Kirkus, "starred review
""The Longest War" is his history of a daunting subject that succeeds where other books have failed. That's because the author was one of the few people onto al-Qaeda years before the instant experts cropped up. And he is still there watching, long after most of those so-called experts packed it in and moved on."--"The Globe and Mail"
"Drawing on vast firsthand knowledge of the region and mining a huge stock of primary and secondary material, including his own interviews with combatants, the book's depth of detail and breadth of insight make it one of the more useful analysis of the ongoing conflict."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review
"A grippingly important work that belongs on the shelf alongside "The Looming Tower "and "Ghost Wars"."---"The Daily Beast"
""The Longest War" is by far the best and most comprehensive book on the conflict so far."--"Sunday Times "
""The Longest War" is ambitious both in scope and need to understand al-Qaida, and Bergen, with this detailed, serious, scrupulously fair, perceptive and sometimes startling work has made a significant contribution to us doing exactly that."--"The Guardian"
"His important history of the war on terrorism....The greatest strength of "The Longest War" is that it provides a detailed history of what has occurred since al-Qaeda first appeared on the terrorist scene. Uniquely, it tells the history from three sides: the Americans involved in prosecuting the war; ordinary Muslims, the vast majority of whom remain unmoved by bin Laden's siren call; and the many terrorists and sympathizers whom Bergen has sought out in the field or whose voluminous writings he expertly synthesizes. "The Longest War" is also a very good read."--"Washington Post"
"For years, I tried to read every new novel about how 9/11 affected our lives. Some were very thoughtful, but I always came away unsatisfied, feeling that the authors had worked hard but had somehow fallen short. As I read the stunning first section of Peter L. Bergen's new book on the war between the United States and Al Qaeda, I realized I had been looking in the wrong genre. None of the novels were as effective or moving as "The Longest War," which is a history of our time. ... "The Longest War" is one of the most important accounts on the subject to appear in years. But be warned: You will read it and weep."

-Thomas E. Ricks, "The New York Times Book Review"

""The Longest War" is Mr. Bergen's magnum opus.... essential reading."--"The Washington Times"
"For readers interested in a highly informed, wide-angled, single-volume briefing on the war on terror so far, "The Longest War "is clearly that essential book."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"