Times of London Best Books of 2015
Wall Street Journal Top 10 Books on Terrorism
"A remarkable book."
— Anderson Cooper
"Weiss and Hassan provide a detailed explanation of how the Islamic State 'manages savagery' on the ground . . . this account of the Islamic State in Iraq is a valuable summation and the most serious book-length study of the Islamic State to be published so far."
— New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
"Weiss and Hassan capture the complexity of the . . . imbroglios that gave rise to the Islamic State . . . in this thorough and accessible book." —Foreign Affairs
"The first book to fully explain what ISIS is seeking and why they are such a threat to the world. An absolute must-read for anyone who wants to understand the risk we all face from radical Islam."
—Douglas E. Schoen, political analyst, author of The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America's Crisis of Leadership
"A . . . detailed and nuanced story."
— James Traub, Wall Street Journal
"Easily the best history I've read of the evolution of the terror group."
— Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian
"Weiss and Hassan have produced a detailed and readable book. Their informants include American and regional military officials and intelligence operatives, defected Syrian spies and diplomats, and – most fascinating of all – Syrians who work for Isis (these are divided into categories such as politickers, pragmatists, opportunists and fence-sitters). The authors provide useful insights into Isis governance – a combination of divide-and-rule, indoctrination and fear – and are well placed for the task. Hassan, an expert on tribal and jihadist dynamics, is from Syria’s east. Weiss reported from liberated al-Bab, outside Aleppo, before Isis took it over."
—Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of The Road from Damascus, is writing (with Leila al-Shami) a book on the civil activists of the Syrian revolution, (The Guardian)
“Recounted in painstaking detail . . . the book presents a granular analysis of the IS’s organization, ideology, funding and recruitment.”
—Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, author of The Road to Iraq: the Making of a Neoconservative War (In These Times)
”ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, does a first-rate job of describing the Islamic State’s layers . . . in Syria and in Iraq.”
— Paul Berman, author of A Tale of Two Utopias, Terror and Liberalism, Power and the Idealists, and The Flight of the Intellectuals (Tablet)
“Concise, valuable, and a compelling read for anyone—general reader or specialist—interested in ISIS.”
— Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, Syria Comment
“Incredibly rich and valuable for the specialist and non-specialist alike . . . it is a rich and nuanced piece touching on all the points that the arrival of ISIS has raised in Syria and Iraq.”
— Tam Hussein, The Huffington Post
“Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan provide a comprehensive account of how the Islamic State came to be, who is to blame for its emergence, and why world leaders should be worried about its expansion.”
—Kevin Sullivan, editor of Real Clear World
"ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror is brilliantly easy to read . . . concise yet thorough, it will surprise and shatter the beliefs of many.”
—Kyle Orton, Middle East analyst, Left Foot Forward
"[A] superb piece of journalism, unsparing in its analysis of the folly of the Obama administration."
— Nick Cohen, The Spectator (UK)
“Weiss and Hassan give a concise yet detailed account of the rise of the terror movement, anybody who wants to work out where they stand on Iraq and Syria will find this book invaluable”
— Daniel Finkelstein, The Times Best Books of 2015