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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jared Cohen Narrator: Jason Collins Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463796
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Defying foreign government orders and interviewing terrorists face-to-face, a young American tours hostile lands to learn about Middle Eastern youth—and uncovers a subculture that defies every stereotype.

Classrooms were never sufficient for Jared Cohen; he wanted to learn about global affairs by witnessing them firsthand. While studying on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, he took a crash course in Arabic, read voraciously on the history and culture of the Middle East, and in 2004 he embarked on the first of a series of incredible journeys to the Middle East. In an effort to try to understand the spread of radical Islamist violence, he focused his research on Muslim youth. The result is Children of Jihad, a portrait of paradox that probes much deeper than any journalist or pundit ever could.

Written with candor and featuring dozens of eye-opening anecdotes, Cohen’s account begins in Lebanon, where he interviews Hezbollah members at, of all places, a McDonald’s. In Iran, he defies government threats and sneaks into underground parties, where bootleg liquor, Western music, and the Internet are all easy to access. His risky itinerary also takes him to a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, borderlands in Syria, the insurgency hotbed of Mosul, and other frontline locales. At each turn, he observes a culture at an uncanny crossroads: Bedouin shepherds with satellite dishes to provide Western TV shows, young women wearing garish makeup despite religious mandates, teenagers sending secret text messages and arranging illicit trysts. Gripping and daring, Children of Jihad shows us the future through the eyes of those who are shaping it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This young gutsy writer knows that the East-West struggle is being fought over the café tables of the Near and Middle East. Do the youth of the Islamic world dream of an engineering degree from Michigan State or a martyr’s death? This young American has had the moxie to sit and listen for hours at those tables. In the words of the poet, Jared Cohen has taken the road ‘less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’”

    Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show

  • “Cohen’s chronicle is fine fieldwork for students of the Middle East.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnav Shah | 2/9/2014

    " What can you say about a guy that explored the Middle East as a grad student, following up on exploring warzones in Africa? Cohen's stories are very telling and informative. He shares his deep understand of the history the sets the stage of the current situation in the Middle East and weaves into it what he sees firsthand. It's clear that the world here isn't the one we're told of in the news (and I feel I learned more about the Middle East from this book than from all other sources combined). His discussions on the role of religion and people and institutions are very accurate as well - strikingly consistent with my research in that subject. Cohen writes very well - this is one engaging read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harley | 2/9/2014

    " This book provides a very interesting and untold perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nooshisooshi | 1/28/2014

    " Jared Cohen, c/o 2004, writes in a fluid informal style that makes his travelogue and historical recount of Middle East hot spots easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina H. | 1/26/2014

    " Very accessible style of writing for young adults and will resonate, as it is written by a young man who meets other youths in the Middle East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/17/2014

    " a well written nonfiction book about a youth's travels in the Middle East. I enjoyed the narrative style of writing and the insight the author gives on the young people in the Middle East. Cohen humanizes the war with this book, giving us faces and feelings. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 1/14/2014

    " The writing is a little juvenile sometimes, but wow--what a story. Cohen has cojones. His conclusion, that youth all over the world are essentially similar, despite ideological barriers. Riveting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 12/25/2013

    " Every American needs to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 12/9/2013

    " To be well informed about Middle Eastern politics is to read this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anamaria | 12/3/2013

    " horrible title. weird that someone younger than me is writing books. but so far it's an ok book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimileek | 10/7/2013

    " Valuable - Cohen is not a great writer (annoying overuse of the word random). I slogged thru to finish it - didn't have to. Read it right before Arab Spring ignited in MiddleEast. I found Iran & Syria chapters informative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shaz | 6/23/2013

    " American exceptionalism at its most naive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 6/13/2013

    " This is the worst book I've read since, well, since grad school. The only interesting thing about it is the focus on youth, but oops! He fucks it up. He's a Rhodes scholar, so I hope this was really written by a ghostwriter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 3/7/2013

    " Cohen's work is really interesting and he definitely traveled through some unique situations, but I'd have liked to know more about his methods and the languages in which he conducted his interviews "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Wilson | 11/14/2012

    " Read this if you're curious about the lives of youth in the Middle East. This twenty-something author travels around Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq- curious to interview the younger generation on their personal lives and view of Americans. The majority of their opinions are surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luda | 10/22/2012

    " Very interesting, educational, and entertaining. It was often surprising what the "children" (they're not really children, but kids in their 20's) had to say about their views on the West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/1/2012

    " I recommend this to everyone!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/21/2011

    " Slow at points. Very interesting topic and position. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 11/30/2011

    " Twenty-something Jewish American Rhodes Scholar finds hope in his solo travels through Syria, Iran, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories as he interviews dozens of young people "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/23/2011

    " I recommend this to everyone!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/8/2010

    " Interesting book and theory. Crazy kid! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 3/23/2010

    " Cohen's work is really interesting and he definitely traveled through some unique situations, but I'd have liked to know more about his methods and the languages in which he conducted his interviews "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moses Operandi | 2/19/2010

    " The writing is a little juvenile sometimes, but wow--what a story. Cohen has cojones. His conclusion, that youth all over the world are essentially similar, despite ideological barriers. Riveting! "

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About the Author

Jared Cohen joined the U.S. Department of State after completing this book. A Stanford graduate (2004), Oxford graduate (2006), and Rhodes scholar, he has conducted extensive research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. He has also traveled to Afghanistan, as well as 21 African countries. He has worked in the public and private sectors and appeared in the media, including ABC Radio and the Discovery Channel. He lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Jason Collins has been seen on numerous stages in the Northwest, including the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of three prestigious Footlight Awards.