ISIS: The State of Terror


What made me pick it up:

‘ ISIS: The State of Terror ‘ is a book that I picked up out of pure curiosity on the subject. I’m not an avid news-reader. And with ISIS being a topic that was just passed around or rather whispered in conversations, I knew I needed to know more about it. And while I’ve always wanted to comment on it, I feared not having enough knowledge to say anything about it.

So on a casual day at the library, I picked this one up hoping that it would answer a lot of my questions. Rightfully, it did, and yet it stirred up so many more questions than I had before.

A little about the book:

The book is a very detailed account of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It is written in a very informative narrative and lacks any kind of storytelling style. But you should know that when you pick it up and take a look at the profiles of the author.

The book is written by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger, two very experienced writers under the topic of Jihad, terrorism, and the September 11 attacks, no wonder then that the book has so much to tell.

What I think:

If you’re working on a project that requires some in-depth details about the subject, the book is a perfect read.

However, There is only one chapter here that will keep you captivated and glued. The chapter on Social Media opens your eyes to the universe of online media. It talks about how media is used to recruit young minds towards the organisation. The content in the book is gruesome and also paints a very vivid picture of the exact events that took place/take place in the Islamic state. So it’s definitely not for the faint at heart.

Last but not least, don’t judge the book by its cover or its size. Most part of the book is the list of its references.


Bingewagon Rating: 3/5

Featured Image courtesy: HarperCollins Publishers

Title Image courtesy: Foreign Policy


Marilyn D'cruz

An avid binge-reader and an occasional binge-watcher, Marilyn D'Cruz is a copywriter by profession but a storyteller by heart.

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