ISIS: A History
by Fawaz A. Gerges
(Princeton University Press, 2016)
The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS and what does it portend for the future of the Middle East? In this book, one of the world's leading authorities on political Islam and jihadism sheds new light on these questions as he provides a unique history of the rise and growth of ISIS. Moving beyond journalistic accounts, Fawaz Gerges provides a clear and compelling account of the deeper conditions that fuel ISIS.
An authoritative introduction to arguably the most important conflict in the world today, this is an essential book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the social turmoil and political violence ravaging the Arab-Islamic world.
"A specific, timely, well-rendered exegesis of the unfolding global threat."--Kirkus (starred review)
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ISIS: A History has been shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ross Book Award 2017 from the Council on Foreign Relations.
This annual award recognises books that make an outstanding contribution to the understanding of foreign policy or international relations.