By Ian Johnson
Within the wake of the inside track that the Sep 11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson puzzled how one of these radical team may perhaps sink roots into Western soil. such a lot debts reached again 20 years, to U.S. help of Islamist warring parties in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly warfare, uncovering the untold tale of a gaggle of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of global battle II. There, that they had been formed right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda computing device. As that conflict ended and the chilly battle all started, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for keep an eye on of this influential workforce, and on the heart of the covert tug of warfare used to be a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam's first beachhead within the West.
Culled from an array of resources, together with newly declassified records, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of a number of key gamers: a Nazi pupil grew to become postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with contributors of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males wanting to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. a unprecedented ground-level examine chilly conflict spying and a revelatory account of the West's first, disastrous come across with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as beautiful because it is important to our realizing the error we're nonetheless making in our dating with Islamists this day.
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A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West by Ian Johnson