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Terrorists in Love defies conventional thinking. Even though I had studied radicals and criminals for most of my career, when I went behind the lines, and got to know some of today's terrorists closely, everything I thought I knew was shattered. That's why I decided to write this book.

I started out as a federal prosecutor, a job in which I convicted international terrorists and then I became a Congressional investigator. From nearly two decades in this line of work, I learned a simple truth: you can really only find out about people by talking to them—in depth and at length.

So I started a non-profit organization to learn what makes people support extremism and spent five years researching and interviewing more than a hundred extremists—-in Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and throughout the Muslim world.

And what I found surprised even me. From frustrated love to mystical visions, from envy of Americans to blind hatred, here is a world so different from our own, it begs for understanding—-and a different response than what our policy makers have given so far.

I got to know Taliban soldiers, Al Qaeda suicide bombers and extremist leaders, even though I'm American and Jewish. I learned what no amount of torture or confinement of terrorists could ever tell us: what lay within their hearts. These straightforward lessons will help give us all a clearer path to defeat terrorism in our times-—and build better understanding across religions and cultures. --Ken Ballen

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ISBN-10:  1451609213
ISBN-13:  978-1451609219
Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
Publisher:  Free Press
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review by . November 09, 2011
I have to admit, the title Terrorists in Love didn’t inspire me to read this book. But the subtitle, The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals, caught my attention very effectively. I checked on the author’s credentials—wouldn’t want those real lives to be fake—and found him to be a well-respected federal prosecutor who served in law enforcement, international relations, intelligence oversight and congressional investigations, etc., a man with experience prosecuting cases …
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