United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists
Peter Bergen. New York: Crown, 2016. 387 pp. Notes. Biblio. Index. $28.00.
Reviewed by John Nagl
Anything Peter Bergen writes on terrorism deserves careful consideration. Four years before the attacks of 11 September 2001, Bergen had the foresight to understand that Osama bin Laden was a serious threat and the courage to track him down to his lair in Afghanistan for the interview in which bin Laden declared war on the United States on camera.
Nearly 20 years later, Bergen’s prescience remains impressive, as does his body of work chronicling the war that was declared in his presence. Bergen’s The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (Free Press, 2011) is the best single-volume history available of America’s long struggle against radical Islamic extremism, including the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.