Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745336510 Published November 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780745336565 Published November 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Islamic State

Rewriting History

Michael Griffin

Islamic State

Michael Griffin

Distributed for Pluto Press

136 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9780745336510 Published November 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780745336565 Published November 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
When the attacks of September 11 sent Westerners in search of reliable information about Al Qaida, Michael Griffin was there: his book Reaping the Whirlwind quickly became the go-to resource for the media, political figures, and ordinary citizens alike.

Now, as Islamic State (also known as ISIS) is moving to take over broad swathes of territory throughout the Middle East, Griffin is back once again, ready to offer nuanced insight, analysis, history, and context for readers looking to understand this new and frightening threat.
  
An experienced journalist, Griffin tells the story of the development of the Islamic State in his usual fast-paced, narrative driven style, helping us to understand the long roots of the Islamic State in Iraq, their quiet involvement in the Arab Spring, and their rapid rise amid the chaos generated by the Syrian war. He clearly and carefully presents the interlocking web of influence, arms, and money from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Iraq that have fuelled the rise of Islamic State, and highlights the importance of the uprising against Assad in Syria and the West’s relative inability to influence or support it. Ultimately, Griffin offers a portrait of a complicated, multivalent movement, one with roots in numerous real or perceived grievances and historical mistakes and one with the potential to foment unrest and violence throughout the Middle East for some time to come.
Contents
List of Acronyms/Abbreviations
Timeline
Preface
1. The Great Escape
2. Zarqawi’s War
3. The First Caliph
4. Clear, Hold and Build
5. The Successions
6. Springtime for Qatar
7. The Road to Damascus
8. Prince Bandar’s Last Adventure
9. Knights of the Silencers
10. Treasure of Babisqa
11. Chain of Custody
12. Game of Thrones
13. Paradise Square
14. Birth of a Naton
15. Twitter Caliphate
16. Call of Duty
17. Inside the Whale
18. Euphrates Volcano
Postscript: Saddam’s Ghost
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Inside Higher Ed
“Griffin’s book actually tells in detail the story of where ISIS came from and how it transformed over time….Griffin integrates his sources to good effect. He traces the growth of ISIS out of what had been Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s organization Al Qaeda in Iraq—a group that had managed to alienate both Osama bin Laden and Iraqi insurgents fighting the U.S. occupation.”
 
New York Times Book Review
Praise for previous work: “Filled with the dramatic moments, ironies, and political intrigues that color the Taliban's rise. . . . Griffin writes engagingly.”
John Simpson, BBC
“Griffin has reached a better understanding of the Taliban in his book than I have come across anywhere else.”
Choice
"The rise of ISIS is one of the most puzzling and stunning developments in world politics.  For readers trying to understand it, this book is a fine place to start.  It is a concise but surprisingly detailed history.  Beginning around 2004, with the Jordanian founder of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Griffin traces the history in chronological order through 18 short, albeit busy, chapters and a postscript.  The book is primarily devoted to tracing the battles ISIS leaders have fought, but a chapter titled 'Twitter Caliphate' delves into the novel social media strategies that aid ISIS in broadcasting its message and recruiting followers.  Griffin nowhere tries to speculate or create new typologies.  He simply aims at describing the details along the way. Recommended."
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