Jan 14, 2011

Daily Beast on The Longest War

This week: an essential read on America’s battle against al Qaeda, a moving novel of war-torn Sierra Leone, short stories that explore the homefront, a journalist’s memoir of her glamorous grandparents, and Betty Friedan revisited. HP Highlight -  Hot Reads - 1/20 - The Longest War The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda. By Peter Bergen. 496 pages. Free Press. $28. The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda by Peter Bergen A grippingly important work that belongs on the shelf alongside The Looming Tower and Ghost Wars. As we near the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York Times bestselling author and CNN national-security analyst Peter Bergen looks back to see how America’s “war on terror” has gone so far—and where it’s headed. In addition to detailing what’s been happening behind the scenes of the United States’ war against al Qaeda, Bergen, one of a handful of journalists who has interviewed Osama bin Laden, investigates the terrorist group’s inner workings—the internal debates over the wisdom of attacking the U.S. before 9/11 and the criticism of bin Laden following the attacks. Bergen then looks at what President Obama's policies and al Qaeda's declining reputation in the Muslim world mean for the future of the conflict. An essential volume for understanding America’s war against al Qaeda in the last decade.