Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East (Paperback)

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    After witnessing the awful aftermath of decades of sectarian aggression and radical Islamist violence, Jared Cohen decided that he must go to the Middle East to better understand the phenomenon. After extensively studying Arabic and the history of the Middle East, he journeyed into the region and reached out to the youth in the area, putting himself in danger in order to understand their culture and views on government, Israel, and America.Children of Jihad is Cohen’s account of his travels and interviews with the people he met.

    In September 2006, he was named the youngest member to the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, where he focused on counter-terrorism, counter-radicalization, and Middle East/North Africa issues. Prior to his work at the State Department, Cohen received his BA from Stanford University and continued his education at the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Currently, he is the director of Google Ideas and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Director’s Advisory Board.

    Jared Cohen is also the author of One Hundred Days of Silence and most recently co-authored The New Digital Age, with Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google.
    Defying foreign government orders and interviewing terrorists face to face, a young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern youth? and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype.

    In 2004, Jared Cohen embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East in an effort to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence among Muslim youth. The result isChildren of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes much deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

    Chosen as one of Kirkus Review?s Best Books of 2007, Cohen?s account begins in Lebanon, where he interviews Hezbollah members at, of all places, a McDonald?s. In Iran, he defies government threats and sneaks into underground parties, where bootleg liquor, Western music, and the Internet are all easy to access. His risky itinerary also takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and other front-line locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.


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    ISBN 9781592403998
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies
    Format Paperback
    Pages 278
    Publisher Date 2008-08-26 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Avery Pub Group
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Cohen, Jared
    Country of Origin United States

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