Joby Warrick

Black Flags

The Rise of ISIS



In “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Joby Warrick delivers a gripping account of the emergence and expansion of the notorious terrorist group. Through meticulous research and unprecedented access, he unveils the roots, tactics, and global impact of one of the deadliest threats of our time.

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In “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joby Warrick takes readers on a gripping and eye-opening journey into the heart of one of the most notorious terrorist organizations of our time. With meticulous research and unprecedented access to key figures, Warrick paints a vivid and chilling portrait of the rise and expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Beginning with the roots of ISIS in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Warrick unravels the complex web of factors that allowed this once small and fragmented group to transform into a formidable global threat. Drawing on interviews, classified documents, and on-the-ground reporting, he reveals the pivotal role played by key individuals such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS, and the charismatic Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who would go on to become its ruthless leader.

Warrick takes readers inside the inner workings of ISIS, detailing its brutal tactics, its ideological underpinnings, and the strategy that allowed it to capture vast territories in Iraq and Syria. He delves into the group’s sophisticated use of social media as a powerful recruitment tool, exploring how it successfully attracted thousands of foreign fighters from around the world, transforming them into a force capable of carrying out devastating attacks on an unprecedented scale.

Through gripping narratives and chilling accounts, “Black Flags” exposes the vulnerabilities of governments and intelligence agencies that failed to grasp the gravity of the ISIS threat until it was too late. Warrick sheds light on the intricate connections between regional conflicts, sectarian tensions, and the rise of extremist ideologies, providing essential context to understand the broader implications of ISIS’s emergence.

As timely as it is informative, “Black Flags” serves as a cautionary tale and a wake-up call to the global community. Warrick’s meticulous reporting and insightful analysis not only shed light on the rise of ISIS but also provide invaluable lessons for policymakers, intelligence agencies, and anyone seeking to understand the forces that shape today’s volatile geopolitical landscape.

“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” is a compelling and harrowing account that brings readers face-to-face with the rise of one of the most dangerous and influential terrorist organizations in modern history.

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Weight 0.344 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 cm