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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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Interesting but annoying narration

The book is an interesting account of IS. The author covers the topic in great depth though it does feel like he is somewhat opinionated and not so balanced at times. The narration however is pretty aweful. It is generally unclear when quotes are being used. Given the extent of quoted text it can be really difficult to follow and seems stupid that the narration doesn't account for this.

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  • Rob
  • 03-12-2015

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.

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  • Eric
  • 20-12-2015

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.

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  • S GRAY
  • 05-02-2017

A WELL RESEARCHED WORK

To the point, informative, keeps the listener's attention.A book packed with information. IT IS A REALITY CHECK FOR ALL WHO UNDERESTIMATE WHAT ISLAM TRULY IS, AND A WARNING FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD.

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  • Jeffrey C Smith
  • 07-04-2016

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.

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  • Capt Dan
  • 24-08-2016

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

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  • Joseph W. Eckhout
  • 22-06-2016

Nailed it

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.

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  • P. Blair
  • 21-03-2018

inthrawling book that's also thoroughly researched

facts laid out in wonderful detail with historical relevance. a great listen and read. I recommend getting the print edition too for all the graphs and footnotes.

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  • james
  • 19-12-2016

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too spread out. not concise no real story to speak of. facts as well as lists nit good listening material in my view.

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  • Lara
  • 01-12-2015

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.

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  • Clyde
  • 28-08-2016

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.

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