Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology,structure, strategies, and tactics of the Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. ROHAN GUNARATNA. Rohan Gunaratna: Inside Al Qaeda. Global “Inside Al Qaeda” as the undoubtedly best popular book on Al Qaida, which I have read so far. Professor Rohan Gunaratna, the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, presented on the “Enduring Terrorist Threat:” at GE Insurance organized.

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Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror by Rohan Gunaratna

Global Network of Terror by Rohan Gunaratna. Based on over five years of research, Inside Al Qaeda provides the definitive story behind the rise of this small, mysterious group to the notorious organization making headlines today.

Paperbackpages. Published June 3rd by Berkley Trade first published To see what your friends thought inzide this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Inside Al Qaedaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I made the executive a late last night to give up on this book.

B I made the executive decision late last night to give up on this book. I cannot stand to read gumaratna more of this book.

There was no writing in this book. Parts of it reminded me of reading certain passages of the Old Testament: However, I experienced zero enjoyment and felt no spark of interest in reading this book. Another thing that angered me about this book was the size. It was insode thin. I should not have had this much difficulty making out the text in a book but I did.

Book Review: “Inside Al Qaeda” by Rohan Gunaratna

I was also royally pissed off by what appears to have been a complete lack of editing in this book. But the nature of the typos in this edition was really bad. I skimmed over the first several, rolling my eyes but not book marking them because I tend to overlook the first few I was a Insidde Editor for my high school yearbook, I dig it. Here are some I book marked when I was actually reading in a place where I could book mark them not the gunafatna on my daily commute, which is where I get a huge chunk of my daily reading time in: And you know what?

For all I know, there are probably tons more that I missed when I was zoning out, which I spent a lot of time doing through the first pages. Good riddance to you, ya shitty ass book! View all 3 comments. I read “Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” years ago, but some information has since remained with me. The book is informative. From the negative feedback I have seen, I think most people were anticipating it to be a reference style of book that tells all in one volume.


This is not one of those books. An Encyclopaedic Lexicon, dated from Dec 31, Rob rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was clearly well-researched.

It reads as a playbook of Al Qaeda’s creation and growth. It contains details about regional operations, personalities involved, finances, inide the whole nine yards. If you are gunaranta US strategist who wants a detailed introduction to Gunaratnw Qaeda, the organization and the business, its origins and history, then this is the book for you.

I gave this 2 stars because it was basically impossible to read. It’s not very long, but it’s basically just jam-packed with facts. After the first or so pages it goes into details of the organization at a regional level, region by region, detail by detail.

It’s more of an encyclopedic reference than someone one could actually sit down and read. Definitely not my style, but I respect what he’s managed to accomplish because I’m sure it’s valuable to someone out there. Oct 14, Patrick rated it it was ok. This author is a crack. He is trying gujaratna pull the wool over your eyes by assaulting you with a laundry list of facts without any context the facts gunatatna so fast and furious you fell out of breath while you read it.

And when he does try to push unreasonable conclusions, they don’t flow from his facts and don’t have any supporting citations despite the fact that the book has so many citations it reads like an academic paper.

It’s even difficult to cherry pick the few gems in this book because This author is a crack.

It’s even difficult to cherry pick the few gems in this book because you have no confidence in the author. Mar 04, Drury rated it it was ok. Although it is slightly dated, it still presents a relatively clear picture of AQ.

My only problem with this book was how Gunaratna tried to cram too much information into each sentence. I understand that he was striving for brevity, but it made the book harder to read, often leading me to have to re-read sentences to understand their structure. May 20, Ryan rated it liked it. Decent book, if not a tad dry, that has given the most details I’ve seen on this shadowy group. Despite all of the details, however, I still did not come away with much of a stronger grasp of the inner workings of this organization.


We know so little about them and yet they know us so well. That is the price that we pay for living in an open civilization. Apr 07, Gursimran rated it liked it. Didnt read the whole thing. VERY detailed and probably not what i was looking for.

People have even complained of inaccuracies but im not aware as such. Aug 02, Michael Hampshire rated it it was amazing. A must read for anyone who wants to learn anything about al-Qaeda from its inception to how it currently operates. Very well researched and written. Aug 03, Andre rated it it was amazing. Feb 02, Joseph rated it really liked it.

Good one at the time, just not as relevant anymore. Oct 23, Mike rated it did not like it Shelves: Reads like an interoffice memo. It was as if the author had simply put together a bunch of stuff he had heard about Al Qaeda in the news over a period of a few years. Mar 10, Snowdon added it. Jun 02, Daniel Kan rated it liked it. Apr 03, Ash rated it liked it. Jul 06, Sean Rife rated it really liked it. Gunaratna provides an excellent history of the terror network.

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Some insie his insights seem speculative, but that doesn’t insidee them wrong. Sep 28, Scott rated it gynaratna it. THis was good, but not as good as Burke. This was more from an academic side with many interviews. Some of his arguments were weak, but it was very informative and useful.

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