In Leaderless Jihad, Sageman rejects the views that place responsibility for terrorism on society or a flawed, predisposed individual. Instead, he argues, the individual, outside influence, and group dynamics come together in a four-step process through which Muslim youth become radicalized. First, traumatic events either experienced personally or learned about indirectly spark moral outrage. Individuals interpret this outrage through a specific ideology, more felt and understood than based on doctrine. Usually in a chat room or other Internet-based venues, adherents share this moral outrage, which resonates with the personal experiences of others. The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline.
Leaderless Jihad offers a ray of hope. Drawing on historical analogies, Sageman argues that the zeal of jihadism is self-terminating; eventually its followers will turn away from violence as a means of expressing their discontent. The book concludes with Sageman's recommendations for the application of his research to counterterrorism law enforcement efforts.
"Leaderless Jihad discredits conventional wisdom about terrorists by eschewing anecdotes and conjecture in favor of hard data and statistics." (Aryn Baker, Time)
"Sageman's incisive observations based on carefully examined evidence, astute insights, and scholarship make Leaderless Jihad the gold standard in Al Qaeda studies." (Washington Times)
"[an] important, face-the-facts book . . . Sageman is deservedly one of the best-known academics working on terrorism." (The Spectator)
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Overall a misguided effort
A few useful points, however, the author does not understand Islam or the nature of war, for that matter. The recommended strategy is not practical and is failing daily in Europe. Judging a 1400 year struggle based on the few years is also rather weak. Two stars is a reach.
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An interesting read, but skip chapter 5
I thought the book was quite interesting except for chapter 5 which was absurd stupidity. "Social welfare causes terrorism and Europeans are all racists unlike Americans who are tolerant and friendly"... Are you serious?!
Skip that chapter and you'll love this book.
As for the narrator, I don't like him personally, but that's just me.