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The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11

The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11

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By (author) Peter L. Bergen

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  • Publisher: The Free Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 212mm x 31mm | 435g
  • Publication date: 10 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0743278941
  • ISBN 13: 9780743278942
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 364,440

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In the last decade, America's priorities have changed. National security has become the primary concern for citizens and a top priority for government officials. Billions of dollars have been spent fighting the war on terror, and millions more have been spent by private citizens around the globe trying to understand how we got here. Investigative journalist and bestselling author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know Peter Bergen is the authority who can answer that question. One of few Westerners to ever sit down with Osama bin Laden, Bergen is renowned for his analysis of al Qaeda and its evolution over the last decade. Now, he is breaking the story open in a way that readers have never seen before. Bergen picks up where Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower leaves off. He reveals the details of how al Qaeda has evolved since the 9/11 attacks, and tells the parallel story of how the U.S. government has changed its own course in response. Bergen has unprecedented insight that comes through many channels: internal documents from both al Qaeda and U.S. counterterrorism offices, in person interviews with al Qaeda members of the highest and lowest ranks, hundreds of interviews conducted with senior officials in the White House, Pentagon, CIA and the FBI, and his own experiences on the ground in Afghanistan. A Very Long War will be the definitive account of the war on terror--its failures and successes, the major players, and its likely future.

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Peter Bergen, a British journalist, is a veteran of print and television journalism and has done extensive reporting about al-Qaeda for more than a decade. He has appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, and NBC. His work has been cited hundreds of times by leading magazines and newspapers around the world.

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"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"