The Last Refuge

The Last Refuge

Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393082425
Characteristics: xv, 352 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 05, 2013

This is an outstanding book that is well-researched and well-written. Johnsen offers a comprehensive look at the role that Yemen has played in terrorism since the 1980s, focusing most particularly on terrorist acts by Al-Qaeda. He discusses the history of Osama bin Laden and how the decisions of the U.S. and various countries in the Middle East affected Al-Qaeda's (and subsequently AQAP's) successes and failures. He also looks at corruption in Yemen and actions by its longtime president, Ali Abdullah Salih, the shrewd-but-fickle politician who always had his hand out for money but whose support for U.S. policies ran hot and cold. I highly recommend this book.


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