For the August, 2015 Book Club meeting, we will read the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for non-fiction, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (2015).
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
Place: La Jolla, CA (e-mail Loreen at firstname.lastname@example.org for exact location)
Optional: Bring food or drink to share.
When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. Black Flags is a brilliant and definitive history that reveals the long arc of today’s most dangerous extremist threat.