Terror in the Name of God

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jessica Stern
Narrator: Jessica Stern
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Judaism, Islam
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: September 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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For five years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She traveled extensively -- to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Ashqelon, and Pensacola -- and discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.

Based on her vast research, Stern lucidly explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who -- using religion as both motivation and justification -- recruit the disenfranchised. She depicts how moral fervor is transformed into sophisticated organizations that strive for money, power, or attention and suggests how terrorism might most effectively be countered.

Reviews (5)


Written by Bob Stewart from Berryville, VA on February 3rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The main problem with this book is how the author reads it. She...reads...so...slowly...that...it's...very...painful...to...listen. It's a five disc book that could easily fit on four if she only spoke like most of us do. She sounds a lot like Sarah Vowel without the sarcasm. That said, it's an interesting book. At the outset Dr. Stern says that she will be examining religious terrorists from the three major monotheistic religions. While she talks briefly with an American Christian terrorist at the beginning of the book and spends a little bit of time with some Israeli Jewish terrorists, the bulk of the book deals with Islamic terrorists. She goes right to the source and interviews people in Pakistan, Kashmir, and Afghanistan. Quite chilling to find that there are so very many people who have no qualms about killing in the name of their God. If you can get through the plodding reading, I'd recommend it.

Not a voice for audio

Written by Kathryn Thomas on June 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book may be good, but the author reads in the most annoying voice. It had potential, but I'll wait until I have time to look at it in print. I couldn't listen past the first CD.

Terror in the name of God

Written by Anonymous on February 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Now I really likes this book. I would buy it. The history of the middle east is really interesting to me. I liked the woman's point of view. Why don't you see any woman on TV? There is a reason.

Terror in the name of god

Written by Vladimir Cerna from Van Nuys, CA on May 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I also thought that this book was going to be very captivating; because of the content, but boy was I wrong. She structured this book as if it was a term paper. She is short of establishing a thesis and then explaining her sources.....my god, why would anybody agree to publish this book. She speaks very slooooowly and very monotone. She probably thinks that people would have a hard time following a normal conversation. The content and the topic is great...the insight and interviews she conducted, awsome...but please get someone else to read it.

Terror in the Name of God

Written by Anonymous on September 29th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I rented this book expecting to learn something more in-depth about the topic... and I think I might have if I hadn't had to stop listening midway through disc one. The author is also the reader and, in this case, it didn't work for me. Her voice is small and monotone. I found my mind wandering constantly because I had to work so hard to listen to her. About the content, though: I think I may rent this book in hard copy from the library. She conducted interesting interviews with terrorists and has a way with words.

Author Details

Author Details

Stern, Jessica

Jessica Stern lectures on terrorism at Harvard University and is a member of the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. She holds a doctorate in public policy from Harvard. She served as a staff member of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. A 2009-2010 Guggenheim Fellow, she was selected by Time magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas "will change the world." Stern is the author of the "New York Times" Notable Book "Terror in the Name of God" and "The Ultimate Terrorists". She lives with her husband and son in Massachu