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I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad (Hardcover)

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The journalist who broke the Jihadi John story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism

Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories among the most dangerous members of her religion; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination.

In this compelling and evocative book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it? She has unique and exclusive access into the world of jihad and sometimes her reporting has put her life in danger. We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world -- from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner Jihadi John, and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.

Too often we find ourselves unable to see the human stories behind the headlines, and so Mekhennet with a foot in many different camps is the ideal guide to take us where no Western reporter can go. Her story is a journey that changes her life and will have a deep impact on us as well.

About the Author

Souad Mekhennet is a correspondent for The Washington Post's national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR. She is the co-author of The Eternal Nazi, Children of Jihad, and Islam. She was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and she is a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Policy at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781627798976
ISBN-10: 1627798978
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English
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