This month’s extraordinary read is Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the 21st Century.
Marc Sageman, one of the most renowned counterterrorism experts in the United States, has studied the networks that comprise terrorism today. In the post-September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists. It is now more a source of inspiration for terrorist acts carried out by independent local groups that have branded themselves with the Al Qaeda name. Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Marc Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the twenty-first century.