Here’s a bit of what the January 31st Books & Arts section of The Economist had to say about Marc Sageman’s Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century.
It might be comforting to think that angry young Islamists are crazed psychopaths
or sex-starved adolescents who have been brainwashed in malign madrassas.
But Mr Sageman. . . explodes each of these myths, and others
besides, in an unsettling account of how al-Qaeda has evolved from the
organisation headed by Osama bin Laden into an amorphous movement—a
The complete review, "How Jihad Went Freelance," is available at Economist.com.