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Terrorists in Love

About the Book

Terrorists in Love

A former federal prosecutor and Congressional investigator, Ken Ballen spent six years interviewing more than a hundred Islamic radicals, asking them searching questions about their inner lives, deepest faith, and what it was that ultimately drove them to jihad. Intimate and enlightening, Terrorists in Love offers a rare look into the realm of violent extremism through profiles of six of these men—from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia—revealing a universe of militancy so strange that it seems suffused with magical realism.

Mystical dreams and visions, the demonic figure of the United States, intense sexual repression, crumbling family and tribal structures—the story that emerges here is breathtakingly unexpected. Terrorists in Love introduces us to men like Ahmad Al-Shayea, an Al Qaeda suicide bomber who survives his attack only to become fiercely pro-American; Zeddy, who trains terrorists while being paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army; Malik, Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s personal Seer, who in a startling turn, leaves the Taliban after meeting with the author. Ballen probes these men’s deepest secrets, revealing the motivations behind their deadly missions and delivering a startling new exploration of what drives them to violence, and why there is yet an unexpected hope for peace.

Terrorists in Love
by Ken Ballen

  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Genres: Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • ISBN-10: 1451672586
  • ISBN-13: 9781451672589