An alarming and enlightening firsthand account of what’s really going on behind the borders of the Islamic State.
ISIS, IS, the ISLAMIC State. It's an organisation that has taken on chilling associations due to the horrific deeds committed in its name. ISIS beheads journalists — and yet one, Jurgen Todenhofer, was invited to visit its fighters in Mosul, after months of negotiations. Accompanied by his son, Frederic Todenhofer, who photographed the journey, he asked them to explain their beliefs, motivations, and goals. This book, the most in-depth research conducted on the terror group so far, is the result of those conversations. My Journey into the Heart of Terror shows how the organisation grew from its al-Qaeda roots and the role the West has played, both past and present. Along the way, Todenhofer offers startling insights into what ISIS thinks, what it wants — and how it can be defeated. Only by understanding our enemies, Todenhofer believes, can we combat ISIS’s radical, un-Islamic vision and the terror and destruction it brings.
‘A rare inside view of ISIS and insight into the terrorist organisation's methods and hold on adherents.’
‘Todenhöfer describes his efforts as a brave journalist willing to risk his life to understand and report on the underpinnings of the Islamic State and its sympathisers ... this book is urgently needed in a world where violence, ideology, and bigotry seem so seductive in the public arena ... Journalism at its best.’