Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

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The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and al-Qaeda. By Peter Bergen. New York: Free Press, 2011. 473 pp. $28.

Bergen, perhaps the most prominent contemporary commentator on al-Qaeda, has crafted an important single-volume history of the first decade of the "war on terror." The Longest War examines the strategy and actions of Washington and its allies, as well as those of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The book is intended as "an analytical net assessment" of the conflict, determining where both sides have succeeded and failed over the course of ten years.

Bergen has traveled widely, interviewed people on all sides of the conflict, and pored through a remarkable array of primary and secondary source materials. The book's comprehensiveness is an asset - covering al-Qaeda's early history, the 9/1 1 attacks and the early U.S. response, the CIA's rendition program, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Iraq war, homegrown terrorism, and much beyond that.

As could be expected for a volume with such a broad scope, Bergen reaches a number of conclusions with which readers may reasonably disagree. …

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