American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us
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American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us

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Leading the second wave of post 9/11 terrorist books, American Jihad reveals that America is rampant with Islamic terrorist networks and sleeper cells and Emerson, the expert on them, explains just how close they are to each of us.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by Free Press (first published 2002)
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Bryan Jaketic
My list of books to read has gotten so long, that some books have been on it for ten years. In the case of this book, the ten years of perspective is a good thing. American Jihad was probably very alarming when it first came out. Now it comes across as alarmist.

There will always be a tension between personal liberties and security. This book, to its credit, recognizes that. Steven Emerson uncovered a lot of groups making hateful speeches in our country. That is very sad, and very worrying. But h...more
Eric
This is a very informative and helpful book. Its title is a bit misleading, though. Rarely does Emerson point to specific terrorists and the American town they live in. Instead, Emerson offers an overview of American-based organizations that sponsor conferences for terrorist speakers, recruit for terrorist organizations, provide funds to terrorist organizations, and spread the propaganda of terrorist organizations.

Emerson acknowledges that these groups have done nothing illegal, but they have su...more
Barbara
I had high hopes for this book it caught my eye so i picked it up and although it had its moments I didn't like the writing. To be fair he had a lot of information to get across maybe because of this the writing became more a list of names than the story of American Jihad.

There are several damning portions that show just how blind and unwilling to see our government was to possible terrorist attacks on American soil before 9/11. He also talked about how ingrained the terrorist fundraising and n...more
Royce
Interesting, insiteful, boring. Way way to many names and dates that jump all over the time spectrum. I'm totally freaked out about the number of radical Islamist's that are right hear in the USA. It is also amazing how deep they are in our own government, and how they enjoy our freedom of speech and our education system. They use all of this as their sword to strike down and "kill" as many Americans as possible. This book needs to be read by every American. It should be mandatory reading before...more
Jamie
This is an excellent synopsis on Islamic Fundamentalist beliefs and what led us to 9-11. It carries beyond that by exposing terrorist organizations within our nation, some of whom receive federal funding as non-profit organizations, even post 9-11. Steven Emerson is very well informed and his research has resulted in documentaries and contributions to news organizations. This is a good read for someone beginning a study of Islamic Fundamentalism.
Sandy
A story that had to be told. I'd like to read an updated version, 10+ years later. What has changed, what hasn't? How has the Patriot Act affected the groups and individuals he discusses? If you are going to read this, be sure to read the chapter "Fighting Back," and of course, keep in mind that as with all religions, the extreme and militant fundamentalists are the tiny minority while often the most vocal, and destructive.
Greg
The author presents a clear case and shows that there are many terrorist organizations operating in America. I believe the book would be better if it was updated with some more current information.
Marcia
True Story. This man attends secret meetings in the Untied States and listens to Jihadists' plans to attack America. Scary stuff, but a little slow and boring to read through.
Regan
Very frightening review of terrorist cells in the US. It examines mostly pre-9/11, but also current cells. A little anti-Islam, but still interesting.
Kris
Very general, not the kind of interesting case study style typical of this type of book. Decently written and quick to read.
Michael
We need to be paying attention, there are terrorist organizations right in our backyards.
Scott
Eye opener. It's amazing what Americans will tolerate to avoid offending someone.
Steve Ririe
This is an important book for Americans to read and understand.
Steven
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Very good read author is very knowledgeable source.
Joshua Embrey
Emerson is a brilliant man!
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