The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda by Peter L. Bergen

The Longest War by Peter BergenTitle:  The Longest War:  The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda

Author:  Peter L. Bergen

Call #:  909.831 BER

Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, has written a comprehensive history of the decade long “War on Terror” and through extensive interviews with both terrorists and government officials has provided an important look at the failures and successes both sides have experienced.  He objectively points out the failures of Clinton and Bush to understand the dangers Al-Qaeda posed before 9/11 as well as the mistakes Osama bin Laden made by underestimating the U.S. resolve.  Written before bin Laden’s death, Berger includes a chapter on why it has taken so long to find him and what the future of terrorism may be if he were to be captured or killed.

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