The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism
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The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism

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On 26 February 1993 a massive bomb hit New York's World Trade Center, creating more hospital casualties than any event in American history since the Civil War. Ramzi Yousef, the young British-educated terrorist who masterminded the attack, had been seeking to topple the twin towers and cause tens of thousands of fatalities.
An intensive FBI investigation into the crime qui...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 27th 2002 by Northeastern (first published October 7th 1999)
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Fiona
I started reading this on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2010 because I could not get into any of my other fiction books and it seemed in a way, appropriate. Simon Reeve is a very talented journalist/author. I have read another one of his books – One Day In September – which is about the 1972 Munich Olympics terrorist attack on the Israeli Olympic team and the following revenge attacks by Israel’s agency Mossad.

I am not a great reader of non-fiction because I have a misjudged prejudice that they are...more
Jeane
Luckily this book wasn't written as a he is such a bad guy, whatever his reasons.
I didn't realize first that the book was written before the airplanes destroyed the Twin Towers, so was waiting until that would be described. As it was written before, it was kind of fun to see how Reeves wrote about thinks and knowing what really happened afterwards. Spooky sometimes, but also making you feel sometimes like it couldn't be true they managed to do this stuff.

I guess Americans will feel different rea...more
Matthew Griffiths
This work has obviously lost some of its punch since publication but had I read this prior to 9/11 then this certainly would have got a five star rating. New Jackals is an excellent analysis of the career of one terrorist in particular and through his investigation of Yousef's career, Reeve demonstrates the complexity and reach of international terrorism in the early 1990s and how it was poised to strike internationally. Many of the predictions about terrorist attacks or the direction terrorism...more
Trish
Well, I will hold my hand up and say I had absolutely no recollection of an attack on the twin towers in 1993. To read this book and understand what happened and the knowledge and insights gained on Ramzi Youself and Osama bin Laden following the attacks, knowing what would come later - quite frankly it's astounding.

Knowing what we knew, and reading articles about the attack written at the time (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/da...) - I don't know what to make of it all. Could we really not...more
Holly
I read this book for informational purposes only. It was interesting enough on its own but its importance I think lies in understanding the development of the terrorist cells we see today and how they operate and recruit.
Bryan White
Good background to the precursors of 9/11, other than that it's a pretty hard read.
Sori
in depth and detailed. fascinating.
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Simon Reeve is an author and broadcaster. In recent years he's been travelling around little-known regions of the world for a series of BBC television documentaries.
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