ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi army, and carving out a new state that rules eight million people and a territory larger than the United Kingdom. But who are they? Where did ISIS come from, and how did they rise to power in so little time? What is driving them - and how can they be stopped?
New York Times best-selling author Robert Spencer reveals the blood-drenched history and inner workings of the Islamic State - its military conquests, how it is financing its expansion, and the ideology that is driving its success. As Spencer reveals, the Islamic State has taken the first steps on the path to becoming a serious world power - steps that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda dreamed of but were afraid to take. The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS is your one-stop easy reference for all you need to know about ISIS - and how "infidels" can stop its reign of terror.
©2015 Robert Spencer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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"Politically correct westerns must read"
Another awesome title from Robert Spencer. You listen to him talk in any setting and you can tell why Islamists have decided it isn't such a good idea to debate him publically.
The jabs at Obama are relevant to today's society and if you are a supporters of his you shouldn't just stick your head in the sand and pretend they are partisan. Actually think abut what is being written.
Is it reasonable for our President to claim that Islamic jihadists who are carrying out EXACTLY what is written in their holy book a thousand and a half years ago are really being motivated by GLOBAL WARMING!?
Mr. Spencer has said it before and it's true, we do not have any real Western powers anymore. A western power actually represents western values and strength. It speaks out against the evil that is decapitating the Christians, Yazidi's, Zoroastrians, other Muslims. It isn't ISIS, it is "radical" Islam.
Everything from Spencer is must read... especially with what is happening around the world in Paris, Syria, Israel, San Bernadino, etc, etc, etc, etc.
"Informative, relevant, reliable"
Spencer has carefully done his research and gives updated, relevant information for those interested in what the Islamic State is, its history, and why it's doing what it's doing. I have learned a great deal.
"The Complete Infidel's Guide To ISIS!"
WOW!If you want to learn about Islam and ISIS, go to the expert that wrote this book and toss out everything you've learned from our PC leaders and media. Here you will be informed.
too spread out. not concise no real story to speak of. facts as well as lists nit good listening material in my view.
"Must read to understand current situation"
Robert Spencer's books are an unbiased view of the ideological and existential threats we face today. A must read for anyone who wants to know why this threat is central to our very existence
Spencer nailed the motivation, deception, and ultimate goal of Islam and the Islamic State. This should be required reading for every US and European elected official.
"Not what I was expecting."
Was not what I was hoping it would be. I was more interested in an in depth history of ISIS and the war on Syria and Iraq. This is more of a wave top overview of where ISIS came from and a conservative critique of the Obama Administration.
I was certainly hoping for a more scholarly/historical analysis with little to no bias. This is NOT it. The author gives unneeded criticism to the Obama administration so much so that it breaks up the narrative to give his jabs. Even seems to be a climate change denier.
If you are looking for an informative book on current events, this is not it. If you are a conservative pundit this is a book for you. If not, move on.
"Unapologetic look re: bellicose culture of Islam"
A clear and concise look at ISIS, and the fundamental relationship to Islam. Suggesting how the West will inevitably lose the fight against terrorism, unless policy makers really understand the truth that; Islam and terrorism are not mutually exclusive. That Islam is NOT a religion of PEACE . It is, rather, BELLICOSE; a philosophy of War, conversion & submission, or subjugation & slavery, or finally death to the defiant. This is a philosophy taken directly from the Quran, the Hadith, and actual present day and historical incidences.
"It's the humanism, Stupid!"
Why are kids leaving the West to join IS? You can research (or what passes for it these days) and write a whole book, and even visit academia looking for reasons, and miss the spiritual vapidity of godless Progressive humanism? Really?!? The author's deep misunderstanding of the way of life in non-Wahabbi/non-extremist Islamic society is painful. His hubristic, mal-informed, misguided style berates himself as he repeats mantras as though to make up in volume the argument he fails utterly to make. His equation of Islam as a whole with the mad Islamists of IS is part of the problem of which he purports to be informing us. Taken on the whole, by this book at least, it apears Spencer may be the best advocate IS has got.
"Slanted - a dangerous a ISIS from the other side"
Had he stuck with the history without all the slants to any one seeking to keep a level head it would have been a book of worth. However, the underlying flow of the book seemed to be an attack of a religion as a whole rathe that directed to the specific terror group ISIS. Too bad.
Take his political slant out.
I think my experience would have been the same.
This is not a time to divide or to inflame. Clear heads and clear thinking are the two thing needed now more than ever. What is not needed is division and inflaming. I am Christian, I have been overseas, I have met angry people but the good people over shadow them. Also, the Koran, like the Holy Bible, is so open to interpretation and people with hate can turn the words to serve the goals they desire. Unfortunately, so can authors.
"Chilling perspective on a complex issue"
This book seeks to explain much of the seemingly irrational actions of the group most commonly known as ISIS.
I think one of the most key points which is highlighted is the idea that in essence we are being lied to by Western media. A concept which is mentioned time an again is the idea that ISIS is not Islamic. The theory certainly of this author is in fact that ISIS ARE Islamic and follow their religion to the letter. This as is sited more than once is in the authors opinion the reason so many flock from Western culture to the Islamic State.
The book challenges a number of other key concepts entrenched in current Western Media. If for no other reason this book is a good read and talks some sense.
I would like to point out that while it is apparent the author has done significant research into the subject I certainly finished this book with the feeling that there is an entirely different side to Islam which it appears the author is ignoring.
I am keen to read The Infidels Guide to the Koran and some other books around this subject as I get the impression this is only one aspect of a very complex issue and I would go as far as to suggest that the author may well have cherry picked passages and key facts for the book that support his theories rather than presenting all the facts and drawing conclusions.
Almost everything our politicians tell us about ISIS is wrong.
Very Detailed, goes right back to the origins og Islam and the prophet Muhammad.
Not sure about moving, but there was plenty in the book that was horrifying.
ISIS has quite allot to do with Islam.
Unfortunately Mr Spencer is correct. We are living through the early years of world war 4.
God save us all.
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