The 9/11 Wars

The 9/11 Wars
Jason Burke

A very impressive overview of a complex (globe-spanning, decade-long) struggle, and for my money the best book on the subject yet written. The cornerstone of Burke’s analysis – that national or local interests finally trumped internationalist extremism – is hard to disagree with, especially as it’s consistent with a longstanding historical pattern. Nationalism, which is tribalism writ large, usually comes out on top. The interesting twist in the case of the 9/11 wars is that this turned out to be a good thing.