Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America

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The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. By Andrew McCarthy. New York: Encounter Books, 2010. 453 pp. $27.95.

Former federal prosecutor McCarthy's latest book, The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America, is a grand tour of Islam's threat to the United States. It takes direct aim at the well-funded, well-coordinated, and seemingly unrelenting efforts to insinuate Islamic law, or Shari'a, into the fabric of American society and to weaken America's will to resist these attempts.

The author became schooled in radical Islam through on-the-job training. As a federal prosecutor, McCarthy led the team of U.S. lawyers that obtained the conviction of "Blind Sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman for involvement in multiple terror activities. After spending years in the legal trenches, McCarthy became an accomplished author and regular commentator on Islamism.

The scope of the book is ambitious. McCarthy describes the Islamist threat in the United States with a special focus on the leftistIslamist alliance. Many readers might be perplexed initially that leftists and Islamic ideologues would sup together, let alone pool their efforts. McCarthy skillfully unravels their twisted partnership; despite the vast divisions in their social and political agendas, Islamists and leftists are united in hate against the world's capitalist and Christian colossus. …

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