To understand why, you'll need to know how ...
- - an Australian metals trader named Garry-with help from the CIA-inadvertently triggered the invasion of Iraq
- - coalition troops were killed by bombs made with explosives that, according to the White House, never existed
- - the United States Air Force bombed a wedding in Afghanistan by mistake
- - the U.S. gave material support to the president of Uzbekistan, who, as it happens, boils people alive
These are not merely random disasters from an otherwise effective war. A History of the World Since 9/11shows us just why, a decade after the horrifying attacks on New York and Washington, we are no closer towinning the war on terror than we were on September 10, 2001. We failed to find Osama bin Laden or quellextremism. We sparked civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Around the world, innocents were incarcerated,tortured, and murdered-all in the name of justice.
Acclaimed author and journalist Dominic Streatfeild traveled across the world for years in pursuit ofanswers for this stunning collapse of international law. The results of his search form the most fully realized study of the war on terror yet written. Piercing reportage blends with sobering human drama, woven into eight narratives of how our world went wrong after 9/11.
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About the Author
Dominic Streatfeild is the author of Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography and Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control, which was shortlisted forthe Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in the UK with his family.
Table of Contents
1 Rage 13
2 For Those Who Come across the Seas 45
3 The Wedding Party 83
4 Groupthink 7075-T6 123
5 Stuff Happens 169
6 The Egyptian 207
7 Friends in Low Places 251
8 The Muslim Disease 293
Suggested Reading 345
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Anger crackles from every page" reads one of the blurbs on the back cover. I would certainly agree with that. Dominic Streatfeild has a penned a book that enrages you at every turn and yet forces you to keep reading.The book is not so much a history of the world, but eight stories that show the changes in attitudes, perceptions, policies, tactics and relationship in the world since the 9/11 tragedy. With out giving anything away I will say I found the chapter on munitions in Iraq to be one of the most interesting(and frustrating). The book takes us everywhere from Texas to Uzbekistan highlighting everything from state sanctioned kidnappings, mass killings based on a hunch, to a reemergence of polio.Highly recommended.
This is a good book. At the start it appeared that this book was going to be one of those 'America Bad' stories. Streatfeild provides eight snapshots of the world, post 9/11. The US invades Iraq on the cheap and leaves massive munitions complexes unguarded allowing it to be ransacked and the explosives used later in IEDs. An innocent Egyptian rendered to several months of hell in Afghanistan. The CIA ghost plane program gets outed by amature planespotters who keep lists of plane tail numbers and airports, much like birdwatchers and their life lists.
The author tells eight anecdotal stories that illustrate eight different repercussions of the War on Terrorism, illustrating the compromises made on rights, the hatred and distrust fueled, the destruction of countries and people. He does not place all the blame on the US despite their central role but shows that the world complied. The use of the anecdotes help make the events comprehensible and real rather than just a discussion of policy decisions. An excellent, though scary and disturbing book
I¿m not sure Dominic Streatfeild¿s ¿A History of the World Since 9/11¿ is appropriately titled. This is not so much a history of the world but a limited analysis of the Global War on Terror. Through eight vignettes, Streatfield tells us why the GWoT has failed despite the spending of $3 trillion and the loss of a million lives. Through these eight narratives we can find some reasons why we have failed in our objective ¿ whether it is the ill-advised decision to invade Iraq or out support of president and dictator of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. While Karimov¿s bases were needed for our fight in Afghanistan, we did it with a wink and a nod over his barbarity in dealing with political opposition. We sanctioned (or worse) the torture, imprisonment, and murder of suspected terrorists throughout the world. So while not a complete history, Streafeild helps the reader understand why al-Qaeda and its extremism remains. The post 9.11 world could have turned out different. It is unfortunate that we made some of the decisions we did.
This is a difficult book to get into to. It attempts to give a history of the world through eight unconnected narratives of different events and tragedies that have affected people and states after 9/11. No attempt is made at historical analysis, or argument about the history since 9/11. This is a book more suited to be published five or six years ago. Many of the things he talks about we have already learned from the press. Some people might find his writing engaging, I just found it similar to what I have read in magazines and newspapers over the past five years. Nothing really new.
I am pleasantly surprised.I took a chance at winning this book so that I could blatantly and comprehensively trash it here. I am no fan of Mr. Streatfeild. I haven't read his [Cocaine: an Unauthorized Biography], but I have read [Brainwash: A Secret History of Mind Control]. Granted, it was written in the years after 9/11 when even the best of us succumbed to a form of blind patriotism and betrayed our better selves, but when in the closing chapters Streatfeild found compelling arguments in favor of torture in the "war against terror" I vowed to never again touch another word this man wrote.Which brings us to.... this. As many before me have pointed out, this does not at all set out to do what its title might infer. Instead we get "episodes," views into heretofore obscure stories of those whose lives have been damaged or destroyed by a foreign policy gone horribly, horribly wrong. This is the equivalent of eight incisive Harper's features shoehorned into a book. Which is not necessarily a bad thing...Streatfeild's heart is in the right place here. He does not shirk from placing responsibility for these abominations where they belong: right here at home. For every flag we raised here after 9/11, a life or a liberty was taken elsewhere. A disappointment for me was Streatfeild's naive conviction that 9/11 was the work of agencies not connected to the US Intelligence apparatus. Reconsideration along these lines would have made his main thesis even more convincing, and more devastating.