Jessica's Reviews > The Longest War: A History of the War on Terror and the Battles with Al Qaeda Since 9/11

The Longest War by Peter L. Bergen
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Jun 04, 11

Read from February 20 to June 04, 2011

Finally, a well-balanced and thorough primer on America's long-standing war with Al Qaeda!! Bergen does a terrific job of laying out the basics here, from OBL's declaration of war back in the 1990's through to the first two years of decisionmaking during the Obama administration. His argument is clear and concise: the US has made grievous errors in regards to al Qaeda, but AQ has made even worse decisions, and has lost much of its appeal (although this does not mean, Bergen is quick to point out, that much of the Muslim world will be allying itself with the United States any time soon). With any luck, the book will be updated to include the Arab Spring and death of OBL before it comes out in paperback.
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