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Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  41 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
They are Americans, and they are mujahideen. Hundreds of men from every imaginable background have walked away from the traditional American dream to volunteer for battle in the name of Islam. Some have taken part in foreign wars that aligned with U.S. interests, while others have carried out violence against Westerners abroad, fought against the U.S. military, and even pl ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Potomac Books (first published April 30th 2011)
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Jeff Emanuel
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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AT A TIME when so many books on politics, religion, and world events are little more than puffed-up pamphlets which are simultaneously high on hyper-partisanship and low on facts, J. M. Berger’s Jihad Joe, a treatment of the radicalization and actions of American Muslims who have dedicated themselves to “violent jihad” (the author’s chosen term), is a breath of fresh – and troubling – air. Painstakingly researched and heavily footnoted (the author, an investigative journalist, consulted thousand ...more
Sues57 Schroeder
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. I was expecting something more polemical, so the book's balance and moderate tone were appreciated. Berger has a very engaging style, and juggles massive amounts of information effectively, staying within a narrow scope. "Jihad Joe" is not an in-depth study of radicalization on all its diverse levels, rather, it examines cases of Americans, who for a wide variety of reasons, chose to engage in jihad, outside of the US, and within. There's an effective tim ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read with a lot of useful information. The details on Muslims who went to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan with the blessing of our government (or at least the tacit approval vis-a-vis a policy of not interfering with them going and returning if they survived) was very helpful. I learned a lot from those details.

I don't agree with some of Mr. Berger's insights, however.

For example, in his concluding chapters he speaks of a victim mentality among American Muslims, and cites civil rights
Gina Long
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short but to the point. The author writes like a true journalist -- he clearly identifies proof and speculation alike, and clearly lists conclusions as his own. Why do Americans attempt acts of terrorism in and outside the United States? What lessons have U.S. security agencies learned? Who are the main instigators and should we be afraid of further acts of Islamist-based terrorism? The author interviewed American Muslims and traces the origins of radical Islam from the 1970s through 2010. If yo ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a good book that looked at a very academic topic in a non-academic way. It was a good source of examples of what can really happen in America and allows the reader to realize that jihads are not just in different countries. If this book doesn't make you at least a little mad at the counter-terrorism negligence of American in the 1990s I'd be really surprised.
Natalie Gaull
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book packs a lot of information in every chapter. I learned a lot about the development and continuing activities of Jihadists in the US and abroad. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the topic.
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