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  • Wright's brilliantly constructed narrative is head and shoulders above the rest. He knows important parts of the Muslim world (including Saudi Arabia) at first hand, he understands the motors of Islamist militancy ... Moreover, he is a fine writer with an eye for the telling detail. Even those who think they know the story intimately will feel they are reading it anew

    New Statesman
  • One of the best and most important books of recent years. A masterful combination of reporting and writing

    Dan Rather
  • Lawrence Wright's integrity and diligence as a reporter shine through every page of this riveting narrative

    Robert Caro

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