Book Notes

The Al Qaeda Reader

To defeat an enemy, one must understand how he thinks. Critical at any time, this common admonition is most important when dealing with a shadowy, subversive and global threat motivated by an ideology utterly foreign to those it seeks to destroy. Fortunately, al-Qaeda’s leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, have written clearly on their goals, st...    read more 

Algeria: Anger of the Dispossessed

Martin Evans and John Phillips have produced an important documentation of Algeria’s fratricidal nightmare of the 1990s, which continues to receive remarkably little attention outside that troubled country. Despite the fact that Algeria’s civil war—which ran at a terrifying tempo from 1992 to 1998—probably claimed twice as many lives as the contempor...    read more 

Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings

Women and children comprise the overwhelming majority of the world’s population that has been uprooted by war, yet they remain largely absent in the literature. In her book Sudanese Women Refugees: Transformations and Future Imaginings, sociologist Jane Kani Edward gives voice to Sudanese women refugees who have been misrepresented, marginalized, or ignore...    read more