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  • A deeply reported book of remarkable clarity showing how the flawed rationale for the Iraq War led to the explosive growth of the Islamic State.

    Pulitzer Prize committee
  • Compelling and authoritative, with the narrative drive of a thriller.

  • Joby Warrick moves easily through the intelligence warrens of Washington and the shattered landscape of the Middle East to tell this insightful narrative of the rise of the Islamic State. Black Flags is an invaluable guide to an unfolding tragedy that must be understood before it can be ended.

    Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September and The Looming Tower
  • A deep, well-balanced and thought-provoking account with a genuine feel for Middle Eastern realities.

    Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens
  • Warrick uses very compelling first-hand testimony to reconstruct Zarqawi's short, violent life.

    Literary Review

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