Two of America's leading experts on violent extremism have joined
together to explain the genesis, evolution and implications of
today's most barbaric jihadist army, Islamic State. Drawing on
their unusual access to intelligence sources and material, law
enforcement, and groundbreaking research into open source
intelligence, Stern and Berger outline the origins of ISIS as the
formidable terrorist group it has quickly become. 'State of Terror'
delves into the 'ghoulish pornography' of pro-jihadi videos, the
seductive appeal of 'jihadi chic' and the startling effectiveness
of the Islamic State's use of social media as a means of luring and
recruiting citizens from countries such as the United States, Great
Britain, Australia and France - using recent examples such as
Douglas McCain, the American citizen from Minnesota who joined ISIS
and died in combat fighting on the side of the Islamic State.
Although the picture Stern and Berger paint is bleak, 'State of
Terror' also offers well-informed thoughts on potential government
responses to ISIS - most importantly, emphasizing that we must
alter our present conceptions of terrorism and react to the rapidly
changing jihadi landscape, both online and off, as quickly as the
terrorists do. 'State of Terror: Jihad in the 21st Century' is not
only a compelling account of the evolution of a terrorist
organization, but also a necessary book that attempts to answer the
question of what our next move - as a country, as a government, as
the world - should be.