Perfect Soldiers

Perfect Soldiers

The Hijackers : Who They Were, Why They Did It

Book - 2005
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From an award-winning L.A. Times reporter, a brilliantly researched investigation of the lives of the men responsible for September 11 attacks - how they lived, what they thought, and how they changed into the sort of men who could do what they did.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the acknowledged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, had been to the United States before; as a bright young man, he had come here from his native Kuwait to study science. He had returned home appalled, telling people Americans hated Muslims, and spent the next 20 years plotting to get even, developing for this purpose an unusual weapon: a group of young men from Hamburg, the agents of a seismic shift in modern history but in many respects utterly normal.

The Sept. 11 attackers have largely been depicted with a series of caricatures that run from evil genius on one end to deluded fanatics on the other, but most of Mohammed's protegees came from apolitical and only mildly religious backgrounds. Under his watch, though, they evolved into devout, pious Muslims who debated endlessly on how best to serve, to fulfil what they came to regard as their religious obligations. In fundamentalist Islam, religion and politics are inseparable; the Hamburg men saw themselves as soldiers of God.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060584696
Branch Call Number: HV6431 .M38 2005x
303.625 M134p
Characteristics: xvii, 330 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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voisjoe1 May 28, 2013

“Perfect Soldiers” documents L.A. Times journalist Terry McDermott’s exposition of the backgrounds of the 19 hijackers, their support network, and some of the Islamic terrorists who hatched and executed terrorist plots in the few years preceding the 911 plot. For example, we learn more about Ramzi bin al-Shib, from Yemen, who tried to become the 20th hijacker (or more), but couldn’t get a visa to the USA because he was from Yemen. We learn about Ramzi Yousef, plotter of the first bombing of the Towers. And we learn more about Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, the mastermind behind the 911 plot, who at one point proposed five planes from the West Coast and five planes from the East Coast . A fascinating study of the variables and personalities to lead to such insane destruction perpetrated by young men that knew so little about the world outside of Fundamental Isam.


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