Washington Post journalist Joby Warrick chronicles how a fanatic movement led by a onetime thug, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been transformed into the Islamic State, now menacing whole parts of the Middle East. In Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Doubleday, $28.95), Warrick provides an extensive biography of Zarqawi, from his early years in Jordan to his leadership of a violent resistance network in Iraq following the U.S. invasion. Since Zarqawi’s death in 2006, his successors have built the Islamic State into an organization that has eclipsed al Qaeda in influence and ambition. Now led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, known as “the invisible sheik,” the Islamic State has seized large swaths of territory in both Syria and Iraq, running oil fields, banks, schools, and a formidable military while spreading terror through gruesome acts. Warrick’s revealing, well-written account is valuable for anyone trying to understand the Islamic State’s origins and aims—and how U.S. missteps along the way contributed to the group’s rise.

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Published: Doubleday - September 29th, 2015

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Published: Anchor - September 6th, 2016

For many who follow national security affairs, one of the most vexing questions about the Obama administration has been how, after entering office promising different approaches to fighting terrorism than the Bush administration pursued, it has ended up in a number of cases actually continuing or expanding the Bush policies. New York Times journalist Charlie Savage examines what happened in Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency (Little, Brown, $30), providing the most comprehensive and revealing account so far of how current policies on drones, detentions, military tribunals, surveillance, leak investigations, and other national security matters have evolved. Savage portrays the Obama team as one led largely by lawyers who have focused on adding new legal justifications for existing practices rather than eliminating them. The result, Savage says, is that Barack Obama is likely to be seen “as less a transformative post-9/11 president than a transitional one.”

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 3rd, 2015

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A brilliant look into modern drone warfare, the intense debate on the constitutionality of killing an American citizen without trial and the story of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American born Imam who at first used his position as a widely known religious scholar to sincerely encourage American Muslims to be the bridge between the Western Culture and Islam in the days following 9/11 before ultimately switching sides and helping encourage and support multiple attacks on the United States from Yemen. This book serves as an interesting look behind closed doors in the conversation on national security and intelligence in the United States, from the White House to the field. Overall, a fascinating page turner that you're sure to take something from.

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - September 15th, 2015

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - September 13th, 2016

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