Book of the Week - 9th July 2012
Terrorists in Love:
True Life Stories of Islamic Radicals (Paperback)
by Ken Ballen
Imagine a world where a boy’s dreams dictate the behavior of warriors in battle; where a young couple’s only release from forbidden love is death; where religious extremism, blind hatred, and endemic corruption combine to form a lethal ideology that can hijack a man’s life forever. This is the world of Terrorists in Love.
A former federal prosecutor and congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent five years as a pollster and a researcher with rare access-via local government officials, journalists, and clerics-interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, Terrorists in Love opens a fresh window into the realm of violent extremism as Ballen profiles six of these men-from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia-revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism.
About the Author
Kenneth Ballen is President and founder of Terror Free Tomorrow, a non-partisan, not-for profit organization, which investigates the causes of extremism. Since 2004, Terror Free Tomorrow’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS, NBC, and cited by Presidents Barack Obama, and George H.W. Bush, among others.