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Leading the second wave of post 9/11 terrorist books, American Jihad reveals that America is rampant with Islamic terrorist networks and sleeper cells and Emerson, the expert on them, explains just how close they are to each of us.


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Leading the second wave of post 9/11 terrorist books, American Jihad reveals that America is rampant with Islamic terrorist networks and sleeper cells and Emerson, the expert on them, explains just how close they are to each of us.

30 review for American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This is a very informative and helpful book. Its title is a bit misleading, though. Rarely does Emerson point to specific terrorists and the American town they live in. Instead, Emerson offers an overview of American-based organizations that sponsor conferences for terrorist speakers, recruit for terrorist organizations, provide funds to terrorist organizations, and spread the propaganda of terrorist organizations. Emerson acknowledges that these groups have done nothing illegal, but they have su This is a very informative and helpful book. Its title is a bit misleading, though. Rarely does Emerson point to specific terrorists and the American town they live in. Instead, Emerson offers an overview of American-based organizations that sponsor conferences for terrorist speakers, recruit for terrorist organizations, provide funds to terrorist organizations, and spread the propaganda of terrorist organizations. Emerson acknowledges that these groups have done nothing illegal, but they have supported illegal terrorist groups. As a result, several terrorist organizations like Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and even Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda are firmly entrenched in this country. Terrorists come to the U.S. all the time and give speeches that incite hatred and violence toward America and Jews. These terrorists actually call for violence against the U.S. It's very ironic, because they are using freedoms in this country they would deny to others. Remember the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six and wounded hundreds? The terrorists who did that were connected to a U.S. network of other terrorists, some of whom were American. Who are these American organizations? They include: * American Muslim Council (AMC) * Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA) * Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) * Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) * Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) * American Muslim Alliance (AMA) * Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim organization in the U.S. Emerson presents in sometimes excruciating detail the ties these groups have with terrorists. But he also portrays a few brave moderate Muslims who speak out against these groups. People like Sheikh Kabbani, the late Seifeldin Ashmawy (he died in a car crash in 1998), and Emerson's friend Khalid Duran. These men have all suffered death threats and recrimination in condemning the violence and hatred of the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists. They should be applauded, encouraged, and supported, because even they concede they are losing the battle against the fundamentalists for the soul and future of Islam.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Jaketic

    My list of books to read has gotten so long, that some books have been on it for ten years. In the case of this book, the ten years of perspective is a good thing. American Jihad was probably very alarming when it first came out. Now it comes across as alarmist. There will always be a tension between personal liberties and security. This book, to its credit, recognizes that. Steven Emerson uncovered a lot of groups making hateful speeches in our country. That is very sad, and very worrying. But h My list of books to read has gotten so long, that some books have been on it for ten years. In the case of this book, the ten years of perspective is a good thing. American Jihad was probably very alarming when it first came out. Now it comes across as alarmist. There will always be a tension between personal liberties and security. This book, to its credit, recognizes that. Steven Emerson uncovered a lot of groups making hateful speeches in our country. That is very sad, and very worrying. But history has shown that allowing people to voice their anger (no matter how wrong and unfounded) is a way to diffuse it. That has largely borne out for the last ten years. But the author seems to take the position that America is in imminent danger. He ridicules cautious statements that the FBI has made to the press. He quotes vitriolic speeches of radical groups, and infers that immediate action is required. I can see how such a position would have resonated in the aftershock of a national tragedy. Today, it seems more like fear-mongering.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William

    Fantastic book. Reading this book 14 years after its publication it validates the claims of the author. Must reading for anyone with an interest in the topic. Extremely well researched.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I had high hopes for this book it caught my eye so i picked it up and although it had its moments I didn't like the writing. To be fair he had a lot of information to get across maybe because of this the writing became more a list of names than the story of American Jihad. There are several damning portions that show just how blind and unwilling to see our government was to possible terrorist attacks on American soil before 9/11. He also talked about how ingrained the terrorist fundraising and n I had high hopes for this book it caught my eye so i picked it up and although it had its moments I didn't like the writing. To be fair he had a lot of information to get across maybe because of this the writing became more a list of names than the story of American Jihad. There are several damning portions that show just how blind and unwilling to see our government was to possible terrorist attacks on American soil before 9/11. He also talked about how ingrained the terrorist fundraising and networks were in the U.S. I wonder if this is still true today??

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Brown

    Difficult to digest that terrorists live amongst us! Difficult to digest that terrorists live amongst us! Steven Emerson has done a great job putting facts together about the terrorists living in America, protected by civil rights and political correctness. To read about how jihadists are teaching in our colleges, indoctrinating our young people to convert to Islam, trying to gain control through fear and lies is absolutely mind boggling. A must read to gain an understanding of what they are doing Difficult to digest that terrorists live amongst us! Difficult to digest that terrorists live amongst us! Steven Emerson has done a great job putting facts together about the terrorists living in America, protected by civil rights and political correctness. To read about how jihadists are teaching in our colleges, indoctrinating our young people to convert to Islam, trying to gain control through fear and lies is absolutely mind boggling. A must read to gain an understanding of what they are doing and how they are doing it in America.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Royce

    Interesting, insiteful, boring. Way way to many names and dates that jump all over the time spectrum. I'm totally freaked out about the number of radical Islamist's that are right hear in the USA. It is also amazing how deep they are in our own government, and how they enjoy our freedom of speech and our education system. They use all of this as their sword to strike down and "kill" as many Americans as possible. This book needs to be read by every American. It should be mandatory reading before Interesting, insiteful, boring. Way way to many names and dates that jump all over the time spectrum. I'm totally freaked out about the number of radical Islamist's that are right hear in the USA. It is also amazing how deep they are in our own government, and how they enjoy our freedom of speech and our education system. They use all of this as their sword to strike down and "kill" as many Americans as possible. This book needs to be read by every American. It should be mandatory reading before high school graduation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    A story that had to be told. I'd like to read an updated version, 10+ years later. What has changed, what hasn't? How has the Patriot Act affected the groups and individuals he discusses? If you are going to read this, be sure to read the chapter "Fighting Back," and of course, keep in mind that as with all religions, the extreme and militant fundamentalists are the tiny minority while often the most vocal, and destructive.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This is an excellent synopsis on Islamic Fundamentalist beliefs and what led us to 9-11. It carries beyond that by exposing terrorist organizations within our nation, some of whom receive federal funding as non-profit organizations, even post 9-11. Steven Emerson is very well informed and his research has resulted in documentaries and contributions to news organizations. This is a good read for someone beginning a study of Islamic Fundamentalism.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I was watching a documentary on 911 in September of this year, and I came across Steven Emerson on the show. I liked what he was saying so I wanted to read his book. I found his book very interesting seeing how many terrorist members an organizations were set up in the United States even before 911. This book made you think!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    True Story. This man attends secret meetings in the Untied States and listens to Jihadists' plans to attack America. Scary stuff, but a little slow and boring to read through.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Was a little slow, informative but otherwise interesting. Taught me a lot of stuff I was unaware of!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Scary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Foxglove

    Not enough meat, inflammatory stuff is being said, but how much is actually put into action?

  14. 4 out of 5

    YYCanuck

    Parked for now; reading better books...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Letricia Brooks

    Jaw dropping book. Everyone should read to understand what is happening right under our noses and literally in our back yards.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kris Zeller

    Very general, not the kind of interesting case study style typical of this type of book. Decently written and quick to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Boring

  18. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    Very frightening review of terrorist cells in the US. It examines mostly pre-9/11, but also current cells. A little anti-Islam, but still interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dp4s

    Political -Demographics

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    It was a very insightful read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Embrey

    Emerson is a brilliant man!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    The author presents a clear case and shows that there are many terrorist organizations operating in America. I believe the book would be better if it was updated with some more current information.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Very good read author is very knowledgeable source.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steve Ririe

    This is an important book for Americans to read and understand.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Randall Evans

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wilkinson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Thomas

  28. 5 out of 5

    BlazeBooks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Randy Grossman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark Brown

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