By Ian Johnson
Within the wake of the scoop that the 9-11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson questioned how this kind of radical workforce might sink roots into Western soil. such a lot bills reached again 20 years, to U.S. help of Islamist opponents in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly warfare, uncovering the untold tale of a gaggle of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of international conflict II. There, that they had been shaped right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda computer. As that conflict ended and the chilly struggle begun, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for keep an eye on of this influential staff, and on the heart of the covert tug of warfare used to be a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam's first beachhead within the West.
Culled from an array of assets, together with newly declassified files, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of numerous key avid gamers: a Nazi pupil grew to become postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with individuals of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males wanting to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. a unprecedented ground-level examine chilly battle spying and a revelatory account of the West's first, disastrous come upon with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as fascinating because it is essential to our knowing the error we're nonetheless making in our courting with Islamists this present day.
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A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West by Ian Johnson