I Was Told to Come Alone

I Was Told to Come Alone

My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627798976
Characteristics: x, 354 pages


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It’s a good read. My criticism with it is that Mekhennet doesn’t really explain, or attempt to, how it is that these poor young Muslim men and women from Brussels, Algers and other points of the compass can find and fund their way to far off battle zones. She tries to clean it up at the very end by saying that the U.S. and its Gulf allies made a devil’s bargain in creating these networks to fight the Soviet Union. But then in the next line she creates a false equivalence by saying Iran does the same thing by sending militias to Iraq and Syria. But Iran sending fighters to Iraq and Syria is at the invitation of the internationally recognized states themselves. Then there’s Mekhennet’s unsettling criticism of the Shia opposition in Bahrain for its ties to Iran and its refusal to disavow violence without more than a parenthetical mention of the widespread use of torture by Bahraini security forces during the height of the Pearl uprising.

Jan 14, 2018

Brilliantly written , reads like a page turner. Extremely relevant and insightful in the various issues that plague us as a society

Dec 30, 2017

An extremely relevant, topical, insightful memoir by an outstandingly discerning, objective, thought-provoking and courageous journalist that reads like a novel. A must read by anyone interested in Jihadism and its global impact on Islam and the West.

Dec 02, 2017

A remarkable book by a woman who has packed a lot of living into 40 years. It shed a lot of light on the problems of the Middle East.

Nov 03, 2017

This is an absolute must read if one wants to gainsome understanding of radical Islamist terror activities of the last 20 years or so. In addition to being very informative, it is also very readable. Very highly recommended.

Oct 26, 2017

A must read for anyone interested in today's terrorism problems. A very thoughtful and thought provoking book.

Aug 14, 2017

WOW. This author has taken so many risks in order that she and her readers will understand why the hatred of the West and Shiaa vs. Sunni and immigrant vs non-immigrant that she deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. Her observations which come from her discussions with many people, young and old, secular and religious, and all the ones I mentioned above.

She has really opened my eyes and explained why the terrorism, the hatred, what we do here in the U.S. that leaves us open to this hatred. I hope many, many people read this, it is actually a pretty fast read and one that is very worthwhile.

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