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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, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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