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Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Andrew C. McCarthy takes readers back to the real beginning of the war on terror--not the atrocities of September 11, but the first bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993 when radical Islamists effectively declared war on the United States. From his perch as a government prosecutor of the blind sheik and other jihadists responsible for the bombing, Andrew McCar ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Encounter Books (first published March 24th 2008)
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Apr 29, 2016 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of the first bombing of the World Trade Center and the legal aftermath.
Mark Sequeira
As someone who knew about Osama, the blind sheik, Ramzi Youssef, etc. long before 9-11 let me say I was very interested in buying and reading this book! After all, I own and have read the trial transcripts from the first Trade Center bombing that the author prosecuted. Most people either are unaware or have forgotten that the World Trade Center was bombed BEFORE 9-11 by the same group/loose association of similar extremists. Or that they vowed to try again. Or have forgotten about the Bojinka pl ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An eye opening account of the events that lead to 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 9/11 other attacks along with that ways that the US government could have and should have prevented them.

A federal prosecutor who worked the criminal trial of the Blind Sheik- ring leader of the attacks- McCarthy didn't hold any punches about our and his shortcomings. Criminal trials aren't suited for international terrorists. The CIA funded and supported the Afghan mujahideen's jihad against the Soviets, left th
Jul 26, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fbi, history, islam
Andrew McCarthy was a very talented prosecutor with an investigators mind and indefatigable energy drive. I have highly recommended this book to everyone and hold it is a book all Americans should read. Americans seem to be coddled by our media and corralled into an arena of political correctness and afraid to look at the events leading up to the prosecution for fear of being branded racist or intolerant.

The sad reality is that we are facing an insidious enemy hell bent on destroying our way of
Jun 08, 2008 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
The most important insight that Andy McCarthy reveals in his book is the inadequacy of law enforcement to handle terrorism, told from his insider perspective. He details the us versus them between FBI and CIA and intelligence versus law enforcement in a broader context. He writes that "to the CIA, the specter of briefing people who didn't absolutely need to know the subject matter - people who might even take notes, for God's sake - spawned visions of precious intelligence and confidential relat ...more
Urey Patrick
The book is interesting - McCarthy presents more information on the Jihadist underpinnings of our terrorist enemies that is ignored - willfully or not - even today, and also an illustration in depth of the real limitations of the law enforcement approach to national security. It works as it must for the home-grown individual or group -- it fails inevitably when faced with an exterior, organized, well funded and mission-oriented threat, for a number of reasons that are abundantly evident in the t ...more
Michael Connolly
The author was a prosecutor for the US Department of Justice who prosecuted jihadists for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Their leader was Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the Blind Sheikh. Attorney Lynne Stewart helped the imprisoned Abdel Rahman communicate with Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (also known as the Islamic Group). The Islamic Group was a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood. It supported itself by robbing Coptic Christians. It was responsible for the 1997 of tourists at Hatshep ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an important, engaging, and expertly-written memoir. Its main points are crystal clear because Andrew McCarthy, as a former federal prosecutor, knows how to build a narrative. Nevertheless, it's also one of the few books in recent memory that occasionally challenged the limits of my own vocabulary. It's not that McCarthy shows off with words; it's that his vocabulary is formidable because even out of government service, he retains his lawyerly instinct for precision. The book is not abou ...more
Jan 22, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, Very good read. This book should be on every University book lists as mandatory reading for any course work touching on Islam. But it won’t be because it’s not PC. If you wanted to know the full story of how the USA has been dealing with Islam (and failing) for the last 30+ years (from an “in-the-know”, “lived it and breathed it” insider), this book is a must read. Truly an “insider’s” detailed, step-by-step walk through of the fight between the US and Islamic fundamentalism. I just can no ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book that describes the radical interpretation of Islam and why US politically correct views of the world and use of our Judiciary actually enables those who want to kill us. Terrorists need to be treated as enemies who are at war with us not as tax evaders, auto thieves or even murderers who enjoy both the assumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial. The anti-terrorist intelligence we gather is too little, too important and too vital to share at trial.
Scary book about how we pretend as a nation that the Muslim Jihad is benign. According to McCarthy Muslims hate Americans ("infidels") and would kill us all if they could. Kinda scary.
Anna Murray
Jul 07, 2014 Anna Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent work of non-fiction that reads like a thriller! I recommend this to anyone interested in United States foreign policy and recent historical events.
Feb 01, 2011 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a super informative book written by the federal prosecutor of the "Blind Sheik". Andrew McCarthy is one of the smartest guys around on this subject.
Oct 13, 2012 Stan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent study of why I don't believe that the American criminal justice system is adequate to deal with terrorism. New law is needed.
May 11, 2011 Ginger is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The author called me and I'm supposedly "in the book"....
She sent a copy, so I need to read it.
Jan 31, 2013 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Former NY assistant US attorney
Nov 03, 2008 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by a former federal prosecutor and describes how terrorists were fighting a war but until 9/11 we considered their war a matter to be delt with in the courtroom.
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