By Ian Johnson
In the wake of the inside track that the 9-11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson questioned how any such radical crew may well sink roots into Western soil. such a lot debts reached again two decades, to U.S. help of Islamist combatants in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly warfare, uncovering the untold tale of a gaggle of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of global conflict II. There, that they had been formed right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda computer. As that warfare ended and the chilly battle begun, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for keep watch over of this influential team, and on the heart of the covert tug of warfare used to be a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam’s first beachhead within the West.
Culled from an array of resources, together with newly declassified records, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of a number of key gamers: a Nazi pupil grew to become postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with participants of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males desirous to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. a unprecedented ground-level examine chilly conflict spying and a revelatory account of the West’s first, disastrous come upon with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as desirable because it is essential to our figuring out the blunders we're nonetheless making in our dating with Islamists at the present time