Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pg. 69: Daniel Byman's "The Five Front War"

This weekend's feature at the Page 69 Test: Daniel Byman's The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad.

About the book, from the publisher:
Scholar Daniel Byman offers a new approach to fighting the war on terrorism. He convincingly argues that two of the main solutions to terrorism offered by politicians -- military intervention and the democratization of the Arab world -- shouldn't even be our top priorities. Instead, he presents a fresh way to face intelligence and law enforcement challenges ahead: conduct counterinsurgency operations, undermine al-Qaeda's ideology, selectively push for reforms, and build key lasting alliances.
Among the early praise for the book:
"An impressively comprehensive analysis of one of the most formidable security challenges of our time. Its authoritative policy recommendations are as timely as they are compelling."
--Bruce Hoffman, Senior Fellow, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy

"Daniel Byman writes with the access and intimacy of an insider and the critical, dispassionate eye of an outsider. At a time when the sky does, indeed, appear to be falling, he offers us hopeful, realistic solutions for defeating terrorism. The Five Front War should be required reading for scholars, soldiers, and citizens searching for the way ahead."
--Dana Priest, national security correspondent, The Washington Post

"Daniel Byman lays out a series of cogent, well argued strategies to prevail in the struggle against violent jihadists in The Five Front War that will be of considerable interest to policy makers, journalists, and the interested public alike. An important and well written addition to the field."
--Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know
Read an excerpt from The Five Front War and learn more about the book at the publisher's website.

Daniel Byman directs the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and also served on the 9/11 Commission. He regularly writes about terrorism and the Middle East for the Washington Post, Slate, and other publications.

The Page 69 Test: The Five Front War.

--Marshal Zeringue