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Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
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    Objective Troy tells the gripping and unsettling story of Anwar al-Awlaki, the once-celebrated American imam who called for moderation after 9/11, a man who ultimately directed his outsized talents to the mass murder of his fellow citizens. It follows Barack Obama’s campaign against the excesses of the Bush counterterrorism programs and his eventual embrace of the targeted killing of suspected militants. And it recounts how the president directed the mammoth machinery of spy agencies to hunt Awlaki down in a frantic, multi-million-dollar pursuit that would end with the death of Awlaki by a bizarre, robotic technology that is changing warfare—the drone.
      Scott Shane, who has covered terrorism for The New York Times over the last decade, weaves the clash between president and terrorist into both a riveting narrative and a deeply human account of the defining conflict of our era. Awlaki, who directed a plot that...
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      • content: "A gripping account of the hunt for Anwar al-Awlaki."
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      • content: "Remarkable . . . A dark and fascinating new book . . . Shane's investigation into what he describes as the president's radicalization is one of the most thorough and level-headed that has been penned to date . . . A crucial read."
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      • content: "An enthralling story. . . . One of the best books on al-Qaeda and the 9/11 era. . . . Shane joins a distinguished list along with Lawrence Wright, Jason Burke and Peter Bergen."
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      • source: Thomas Nagel, The London Review of Books
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        Anwar al-Awlaki became the first American to be officially targeted for death after he called for attacks against America, praised the November 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, TX, and recruited the underwear bomber who tried to bring down an airliner on Christmas Day 2009. A U.S. drone strike killed him in Yemen on September 30, 2011, after an extensive, expensive manhunt. Using these events as the book's framework, Shane, a national security reporter for the New York Times, examines how al-Awlaki turned to jihad after a moderate upbringing; what the role of modern technology is in warfare, communications, and politics; and how Barack Obama became the drone warfare president. Further, the author discusses the legal controversy around this deadly precedent, and the vastly different perceptions of how terrorism should be dealt with and publicly described. This is another example of how divisive domestic politics can affect international policies. VERDICT Shane's well-written and -researched book provides background information on one episode in the War on Terror that has larger implications for U.S. actions domestically and abroad.--Daniel Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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