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The Siege of Mecca

The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda

by Yaroslav Trofimov

The Siege of Mecca
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    Sep 2007, 320 pages
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    Sep 2008, 336 pages

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Reveals how Saudi reaction to the uprising in Mecca set free the forces that produced the 9/11 attacks, and the harrowing circumstances that surround us today

Many books claim to tell the untold story of whatever the subject happens to be, but few can actually live up to the claim quite as well as Yaroslav Trofimov's second book, following Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu (2005) which, as the title suggests, reports on the infamous (in some parts of the world) but virtually unknown (in other parts of the world) siege of the Sacred Mosque of Mecca*.

It is a thrilling historical narrative of the events that took place in Mecca over two weeks at the dawn of the Islamic 15th century, offering hitherto undisclosed details that provide an instructive introduction to Muslim fundamentalist terrorism while clearly connecting the dots between then and now.

The 1979 siege of the Sacred Mosque of Mecca, in which tens of thousands were held hostage and about 1,000 were killed, was led by ...

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