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The State of Terror. (Eine psychoanalytisch verortete Annäherung)


Verlag HarperCollins
Auflage/ Erscheinungsjahr 2015
Format 23,5 cm
Einbandart/ Medium/ Ausstattung Gebunden
Seiten/ Spieldauer 416 Seiten
ISBN 978-0-06-239554-2


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Drawing on their unusual access to intelligence sources and material, law enforcement, and groundbreaking research into open source intelligence, Jessica Stern and J M Berger outline the origins of ISIS (known variously as ISIL and IS) as the formidable terrorist group it has quickly become.

‘ISIS: The State of Terror’ delves into the ‘ghoulish pornography’ of pro-jihadi videos, the seductive appeal of ‘jihadi chic’ and the startling effectiveness of the Islamic State’s use of social media as a means of luring and recruiting citizens from countries such as the United States, Great Britain, and France—using recent examples such as Douglas McCain, the American citizen from Minnesota who joined ISIS and died in combat fighting on the side of the Islamic State.

Although the picture Stern and Berger paint is bleak, ‘State of Terror’ also offers well-informed thoughts on potential government responses to ISIS – most importantly, emphasizing that we must alter our present conceptions of terrorism and react to the rapidly changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the terrorists do. ‘ISIS: The State of Terror’ is not only a compelling account of the evolution of a terrorist organization, but also a necessary book that attempts to answer the question of what our next move – as a country, as a government, as the world – should be.

Aus dem Inhalt

  1. The Rise and Fall of AI Qaeda in Iraq
  2. The Rise of ISIS
  3. From Vanguard to Smart Mob
  4. The Foreign Fighters
  5. The Message
  6. Jihad Goes Social
  7. The Electronic Brigades
  8. The AQ-ISIS War
  9. ISIS´s Psychological Warfare
  10. The Coming Final Battle?
  11. The State of Terror

includes a timeline and detailed glossary


»A valuable, rigorous and perceptive guide … Stern and Berger draw on internet-based sources, big-brained research on political violence and some of the most acute thinking about the insurgency that is around today.« (Literary Review)

»Clear and succinct … The book’s achievement is to demonstrate how Isis fits within the spectrum of blood-soaked jihadists.« (Daily Telegraph)

»By far the most important contribution yet to our understanding of an organization that remains cloaked in mystery and misunderstanding. Stern and Berger are two of the world’s leading experts on violent extremism and, in this book, they have combined their years of knowledge and expertise into a brisk, readable, and eye opening account of ISIS’s past, present, and future.« (Reza Aslan, author of ‘No god but God’ and ‘Zealot’)

»One can only conclude, with the clarity of recent hindsight, that we should have seen it coming – at least when seen through the lens of ‘ISIS’, a new history of the threat by US academics Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger … a timely and important history of a movement that now defines the 21st century.« (Evening Standard)

»The first serious book to analyze the rise of ISIS, arguably one of history's most successful terrorist groups. Stern and Berger write clearly and persuasively and marshal impressive primary research from ISIS's prodigious propaganda to help explain how ISIS became the dominant jihadi group today. It's a terrific and important read.« (Peter Bergen, author of ‘Manhunt’)

»From two of the world’s leading terrorism experts, this timely and urgent book is absolutely essential reading for analysts and policy makers alike. In what is already a cornerstone contribution, Stern and Berger offer the kind of cold-blooded analysis so desperately needed on the poorly understood phenomenon that is the so-called Islamic State.« (John Horgan, author of ‘The Psychology of Terrorism’)

Über die Autoren

Jessica Stern is a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Government at Harvard University. She is an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis and is an expert on terrorism. She serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. She is a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar and, in 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and violence.

J.M. Berger is a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution and the author of ' Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam', a critically acclaimed history of the American jihadist movement. He is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy magazine.


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