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Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone

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Decade of Fear is a darkly entertaining journey through the complicated, often bizarre world of national security since 9/11. On that night, Toronto Star journalist Michelle Shephard watched the remains of New York’s World Trade Center fall from the sky, wondering what much of the world was asking: “Why?” So began a ten-year search for answers that took her through the str ...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 22, 2012 D351 rated it really liked it
Another book I got via first-read giveaway. I really enjoyed this one. Michelle Shephard writes on a lot of the details that get lost in the headlines. I don't really know what to say other than that this book is highly entertaining and highly educational. I like to think I generally follow the news, not avidly but generally, and this book was full of stuff I knew little or nothing of and cleared up the details on a lot of stories/issues that the media seems to have put in to far less nuanced te ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a Book Club pick for February 2012 and I was not looking forward to reading it. I do enjoy non-fiction books, but not necessarily politically themed ones. Michelle Shephard is a gifted writer. She takes us to the heart of the issue of the origins of terrorism and it is interesting what she does not discuss: Iraq or Afghanistan. We go deep into Yemen, Somalia, Toronto and Guantanimo Bay. I had difficulty keeping people straight, but felt that was my cultural background and my own challen ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
So far I am absolutely loving this book! I hate when I have to put it down...I know it was probably a very difficult book to write..but I think that Michelle Shepard did an awesome job. I hope to be done with it soon...I will definitely put a more lengthy review together when I am finished. It really makes me think about the world situation...If you have a chance, it is a worthwhile read!
Jul 15, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
A decent book on the ten years since 9/11 through the eyes of a Canadian national security reporter. Shephard's book is not a heavy read, though it is at times depressing. While never really delving too deep into policies or problems, it is a good overview of what has happened in many parts of the world since 9/11, especially in Somalia and Yemen. Shephard is one of the few reporters who has kept an eye on Somalia over the entire decade and she is very good in reporting on this area.

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Feb 22, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
"Decade of Fear" is yet another book that I won from goodreads.

This non-fiction work by Canadian journalist Michelle Shephard travels the globe from NYC to Pakistan to Guantanamo and places in between. The focus if the book is the post-9/11 media coverage of terrorism.

Shepard's writing was engaging and interesting.
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Aug 07, 2011 Michelle Shephard rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What a read! Haha.. Okay I wrote it so have to say that. Thanks for all the kind reviews. Was very cathartic to write & sadly there may be a sequel coming.
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Sep 22, 2012 Bob Mcnicoll rated it really liked it
THought provoking.
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